Run on birdies gives Matt Kuchar one-shot lead at Sony Open

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Kuchar ended a four-year drought by winning the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico last fall, and there are a few similarities.

Kuchar opened with consecutive rounds of 63 this week.

It was a hard day for 11-time PGA Tour champion Spieth, who had four bogeys and just one birdie to be tied for 127th and 12 shots off the pace.

Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes to start his second round Friday, handled the par 5s at Waialae again and finished with another round of 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Andrew Putnam.

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

"I was trying to think back to any round I even had more than one hole-out and I couldn't think of any", Reavie said after signing for a 5-under 65 that leaves him 10 under for the week and four off the pace.

Australian golfer Marc Leishman has stormed up the leaderboard to be in a tie for fifth with a second-round 64, but Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth have missed the cut.

In his third round, Lahiri found seven of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation but left no misses on putts within 10 feet.

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"Last year I probably ground harder than I've done in the past", he said.

Putnam carded three birdies through the first five holes to have a one-shot lead. Yuki Inamori is one stroke further back after carding a 68, while Rikuya Hoshino just made the cut at 2-under, following up his opening round of 66 with a 2-over 72.

The 25-year-old won the Memorial Tournament, the Northern Trust and the Dell Technologies Championship in 2018, and moved up 30 places after mixing just one bogey with eight birdies, including three in a row on the way back to the clubhouse. "It is the golf I like to play to stay out of trouble", he said. Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway".

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