Jordan Spieth moves closer in Hawaii to seventh PGA Tour win

World No 1 Jordan Spieth (Picture: Press Association).
World No 1 Jordan Spieth (Picture: Press Association).

WORLD No 1 Jordan Spieth scored an eight-under-par 65 to move five shots clear at the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Spieth peppered his card with seven birdies and an eagle, with just one bogey, to top the pile at 24 under and is on course to start the 2016 season with a seventh PGA Tour win.

He leads Brooks Koepka by five shots, but it was Koepka who enjoyed the best round of the tournament so far, hitting 10 birdies, including six in a row through holes three to eight, in a flawless 63.

First-round leader Patrick Reed is a shot further back at 18 under after a six-under-par 67 and with him being three shots clear of Brandt Snedeker and Fabian Gomez in tied fourth, it looks like being one of three for the title on the final day.

Spieth expected to be in a better position after his impressive form.

"Nothing changes for me," he said. "To be honest, if I shot eight under I would expect to be seven or eight shots clear. So for Brooks to get that score is insane.

"I have to go out and hit birdies, I have to expect Brooks and Patrick to fire eight or nine under (on Sunday).

"This is the furthest under par I have been after three rounds and there's no complaints from me on that one, but there are 18 hard holes ahead and the conditions are good so there needs to be more birdies."

Kevin Kisner endured the most disappointing day - even though he shot a round of two under.

The American, who started the day behind Spieth in joint second, went round in 71 to slip four places and out of the running.