Leishman fifth as Kuchar leads PGA Hawaii

Chez Reavie

Chez Reavie The Canadian Press

Chez Reavie (66) - who had five birdies through nine holes - fell into a two-way tie for third place (14 under) with Keith Mitchell (63).

What it means: While many players went low on Moving Day, few of them managed to gain much ground on Kuchar, who will take a two-shot lead over Putnam into Sunday.

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On the par-4 fifth, Putnam's 155 yard approach to 9 feet set himself up for the birdie on the hole.

The five-time Tour victor, who won the Shriners Open in his season debut, enters Sunday at 11 under as he tries to start his season with three straight top 10s.

Kuchar was flawless on day three, posting four birdies without dropping a shot, to be the 54-hole leader at 18 under.

Australian Leishman has picked up two shots through 11 holes of his third round and is tied for sixth place at 11 under. He has made only one bogey through 54 holes, and he only came seriously close to one on Saturday, saving par from the bunker on the par-3 17th.

He returns in two weeks at Torrey Pines.

"I've got grey hair", he said with a laugh. "The other two, I just hit the shot I was trying to see and it was going at the hole".

"You hit good shots and you don't expect them to go in. It's always a surprise when it disappears".

"Honestly, I didn't think about it at all until after the third one went in", Reavie added.

That would be a good idea, except Hawaii doesn't have a lottery. (68) and Marc Leishman (68) are also in the bunch at 11-under.

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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.

In November, he ended a four-year drought by winning the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico on another course that requires keeping the ball in play off the tee for good chances to score. He felt as though he was grinding too hard, and that's not a trait he wears well.

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