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Spieth leads by 4 in Hawaii

Weekend Preview –PGA Tour — Hyundai Tournament of Champions — Hyundai_PGA_golfKapalua Resort’s Plantation Course –Maui,Hawaii —

World No. 1 Jordan Spieth took a familiar spot atop the leader board through 36 holes at a PGA Tour event.

This time, it’s againsts winners from last year’s events.

At 16-under, Spieth leads the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui, Hawaii to tee of the 2016 calendar year. Spieth carded the low-round of the day posting 9-under-64 to take a four-shot lead into the weekend.

18thgreenplayersSpieth won the TOUR Championship and the FedEx Cup in September. He entered this week as a 4-to-1 betting favorite at www.golfodds.com.

Patrick Reed, Kevin Kisner and Fabian Gomez are all T-2 at 12-under chasing the leader. Reed, the defending champion here Kapalua’s Plantation Course, lost his overnight lead after round one shooting 4-under on day two.

Kisner, who won the RSM Classic in Sea Island in November, shot 8-under to move up the leader board. Gomez, the FedEx St. Jude champion in Memphis last June, was one of the longer shots to win this week at 150-1 odds.

Rickie Fowler and Stephen Bowditch are T-6 at 10-under and six back.

Golf Channel has the round three television coverage beginning at 4 p.m. eastern time.

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