Leishman makes move in Sony Open golf

Matt Kuchar is the man to catch in the final round

But he rallied strongly to produce six birdies in the remaining holes, including five on an unblemished back nine, to secure the $US1,152,000 winner's cheque.

Beneath that cap is plenty of gray hair.

"It was a really good day", said Kuchar, who has won eight times on the PGA Tour.

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. He opened the round with birdies on each of the first three holes. "Still played a good round".

Andrew Putnam kept himself in contention with a three-under 67 and sits two shots adrift of Kuchar in second place. You don't get many chances like that and it was nice to be there and been able to finish it off. ...

Corey Conners, Davis Love III, Charles Howell III, Dominic Bozzelli and Brian Stuard will all begin the final round tied at 11 under.

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Kuchar was at his best on a number of putts from the 50-foot range. That added to the stress-free feeling of a round, and the overall control he feels in his game. I've been through it.

He became eligible for the winners-only field at Kapalua last week by winning at another beach resort - Mayakoba - last year, opening with rounds of 64-64, the kind of start he has enjoyed at Waialae.

Putnam, who played college golf at Pepperdine and claimed his first PGA Tour victory a year ago in the Barracuda Championship, capped his 67 with an eight-foot birdie putt on the last hole. His 64-65 weekend gave him a tie for seventh, and he now heads off to Singapore with hopes of earning a spot in the British Open.

Marc Leishman has surged to a tie for third place as American veteran Matt Kuchar extended his US PGA Tour career resurgence with a dominant victory at the Sony Open in Honolulu.

He has made only one bogey through 54 holes at Waialae Country Club, and his 18-under 192 was the lowest 54-hole score of his career.

Reavie (66), who had three eagles Friday, was 5-under through nine holes of Saturday's round. He went long of the second green, leading to bogey.

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