Kuchar a one-shot halfway leader at Sony Open as Spieth…

Bryson De Chambeau surged into a share of fifth after a super 63

Lahiri bogeyed the 460-yard par-4 sixth, as he landed on the green in 2 and three-putting, moving him to one-over for the round.

Kuchar maintained his lead through the back nine as Putnam began to trail by more with a bogey on the par-4 16th.

His only birdie of the day came on the ninth hole, where he landed his third shot to seven feet and holed it for a birdie.

Kuchar overcame his sloppy start with flawless golf the rest of the way - he putted for birdie on the last 13 holes - and pulled away with a critical three-hole stretch at Waialae for a 4-under 66 to become the first multiple victor on the PGA Tour this season.

Kuchar ended a almost five-year drought when he won the Mayakoba Classic in November, his eighth PGA Tour win, and he said it was a good recent experience to have in the memory bank.

Kuchar matched the lowest 36-hole score of his PGA Tour career. Reavie had five birdies through nine holes but after he made the turn, his scorecard was colored with three consecutive bogeys.

South African native Rory Sabbatini played his first event under the Slovakian flag, and shot a second round 67 to move to five-under overall, nine shots adrift of Kuchar. Putnam briefly held the lead in the final round and finished solo second at 18 under. Kuch was making birdies and played great coming down the stretch. Kuchar came out weakly, but made the 10-foot birdie putt.

"I found some good stuff between seasons ... and then things really heated up in Mexico", he said.

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

"Didn't feel as easy as the first two days, " Putnam said.

Putnam, who won for the first time a year ago in the Barracuda Championship held opposite a World Golf Championship, did his best to stay in reach. Along with his runner-up finish in the Sanderson Farms Championship last fall, he has almost as many FedEx Cup points as past year when he finished at No. 130. "I have to stay aggressive".

Australian Marc Leishman had six birdies in a six-under 64 to share third place on 17-under 263 with Canadian Corey Conners and Americans Hudson Swafford and Chez Reavie.

DIVOTS: Gary Woodland, who didn't shoot worse than 68 last week and still had to settle for runner-up at Kapalua, was among 10 players who missed the 54-hole cut because more than 78 players made it to the weekend. He closed with a birdie Saturday to cut Kuchar's lead to just two.

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