Matt Kuchar takes 54-hole lead at Sony Open

Matt Kuchar

"It was unusual", the 37-year-old American told Golf Channel at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, where he trailed leader Matt Kuchar by four shots.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Since 2011, five players have opened a PGA Tour event with consecutive rounds of 63 or better.

Keith Mitchell surged into joint third place after making seven birdies in a round of seven-under 63, and joined Chez Reavie on 14 under overall.

Thomas had four bogeys, three of which were sandwiched in between one more birdie and an eagle to close out the round.

Kuchar missed a good chance from 10 feet at the 10th before atoning from half that range for his fourth birdie at the 12th, and his distance control on the greens was in fine order as he safely two-putted for pars from long distance at three of the next four holes.

"To shoot 7 under back-to-back is unexpected, but awfully excited", Kuchar said with the same smile he wears for most any occasion.

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American Putnam has sole possession of second place following his first-round 62 at the PGA Tour tournament, while Matt Kuchar (63) is a stroke further back. He would follow with five straight pars but then added birdies at Nos.

"Last year I probably ground harder than I've done in the past", he said. In his 2019 debut, Spieth had a 66 and missed the cut by one shot.

Kuchar held the halfway lead after a pair of 63s, and he made another positive start to the third round as he rolled in a confident 13-foot putt for an opening birdie before settling for a series of pars.

Svensson carded a nine-under-par 61 - highlighted by seven birdies and one eagle - to top the leaderboard at Wai'alae Country Club in Honolulu on Thursday.

"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today, " Reavie said. Also, Davis Love III fired his fifth round of 64 or better on Tour since turning 50. He has been to five of the islands, and plans to stay another few weeks after the Sony Open. There are a lot of good players out there.

Clearly, the 40-year-old is in a better spot than when he had gone more than three years without winning and was left off the Ryder Cup team for the first time in 10 years.

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