Matt Kuchar leads Sony Open by 2 strokes after 4-under 66

Matt Kuchar

Mitchell raced up the leaderboard with five birdies in six holes around the turn before he added another at 18 to close on 14 under before Reavie, who had stormed to the turn in 30, recovered from three consecutive bogeys with birdies at 16 and 18 to join Mitchell in third place. "To shoot 7 under back-to-back is unexpected, but awfully excited", said Kuchar.

Jordan Spieth had a short week after a long break from golf.

"I loved the fight", Spieth said.

Kuchar has been one of the steadiest golfers on the tour this season and said the key for him is keeping the ball in play and limiting his mistakes. But he had a good session with his swing coach in Dallas, and it paid off two weeks later on the Gulf side of the Mexican coast.

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.

He added his next eagle from 150 yards at the 16th, and as if that was not enough made another from 135 yards at the sixth hole.

The fireworks began when Reavie holed out from 101 yards to score an eagle on the par-4 6th hole.

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"Before the other two I just hit the shot and I was trying to see if it was going at the hole".

Peter Jung, who qualified by winning an amateur tournament, played in his first PGA Tour event. Never expected it to go in.

"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today", Reavie said. "It's always a surprise when I it disappears".

That would be a good idea, except Hawaii doesn't have a lottery. But I enjoy the challenge even when you're not playing well of trying to figure out shooting a score. He likes it better when he can play a few tournaments.

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.

Kuchar had been suffering from a PGA Tour win drought of more than four-and-a-half years until he broke through in November at the Mayakoba Golf Classic for win No. 8. He felt as though he was grinding too hard, and that's not a trait he wears well.

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