Matt Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory

Danny Lee has made the cut in his first tournament of the year

"Boy, to win two out of three events - it's insane to comprehend", said Kuchar, who missed the Tour Championship last year for the first time in eight years but has now taken his tally of US PGA Tour titles to nine.

Matt Kuchar kept another clean card and shot a 4-under 66 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Sony Open as he goes for his second victory this season on the PGA Tour.

Kuchar led by two overnight and had just one blemish on his scorecard over the first 54 holes, but his customary composure slipped early on the final day at Waialae Country Club as he endured a torrid run of three bogeys in four holes.

After shooting 67 on Thursday, Leishman fired a six-under-par 64 (131) on Saturday (AEST) to be alongside American Ted Potter, five strokes behind Matt Kuchar, who dazzled with back-to-back 63s for a 14-under-par two-round total of 126.

"My long game, honestly, didn't feel that great", said Putnam, who closed with a 68. "That was fun. I felt like I was trying to win a golf tournament just to make the cut, which is not really something I want to get used to, but early in the season when I started the day 17 shots back, it was something where I could actually feel some pressure and make adjustments, too".

"Andrew was tough", Kuchar said.

Kuchar matched the lowest 36-hole score of his PGA Tour career.

"It was awfully steady, bogey free, the kind of golf I like to play, give yourself enough opportunities, enough will go in".

"Certainly previous year was disappointing, but to win two out of three events is insane to comprehend", Kuchar said.

It was only the second time Kuchar has won twice in the same season. Just needed to make some better swings.

Putnam, who won for the first time past year in the Barracuda Championship held opposite a World Golf Championship, did his best to stay in reach.

"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today", Reavie said.

Marc Leishman (64), Hudson Swafford (64) and Chez Reavie (67) also finished in a tie for third.

American Kuchar - who is chasing his first win since November - remains in control following his four-under-par 66 at Wai'alae Country Club in Honolulu.

Former major championship winners Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson missed the cut by one stroke on Friday. Kuchar walked in a birdie putt on the par-4 15th, and with Putnam in trouble on the par-4 16th, Kuchar put his approach to 11 feet.

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