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Matt Kuchar leads Sony Open by two shots after 54 holes

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Kristopher Love | 14 January, 2019, 04:12

Putnam, who played college golf at Pepperdine and claimed his first PGA Tour victory past year in the Barracuda Championship, capped his 67 with an eight-foot birdie putt on the last hole.

Chez Reavie made history with three eagles on par-4 holes during the second round at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Friday.

A sublime tee shot to three feet at the short seventh set up his second gain of the day, which was quickly followed by his third when he came within a whisker of holing from off the green for eagle at the par-five ninth. 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.

Shugo Imahira is six shots off the pace after carding a 3-under 67.

Putnam pulled even with Kuchar with three birdies in the first five holes.

Reavie holed out from the fairway three times for eagle, all on par 4s, a feat that hadn't been accomplished since the PGA Tour first started tracking hole-by-hole records in 1983. Reavie didn't think all that much about it until he piped a drive on No. 8 and hit a wedge that covered the flag.

"Before the other two I just hit the shot and I was trying to see if it was going at the hole. It's always a surprise when I it disappears".

"I anticipate needing another good round tomorrow", he said.

Spieth, who was making his 2019 debut, shot a 66 and Johnson had a 68 as they finished with a one-under 139 total. For now, he has to figure out how to make up four shots on Kuchar.

Anirban has been playing some fluent golf this week without the scores to show for it. - Love III, who made 91 feet, 3 inches of putts Saturday and received a nice compliment from his playing competitor.

"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.

Kuchar has been one of the most consistent players on the Tour over the past few years, finishing in the top 20 in FedEx Cup standings in 2017, 2016 and 2015.