Z. Johnson holds three-shot lead in Maui


On another day where low scores were the name of the game in Hawaii, no one went lower than the Johnsons. Here's how things shape up heading into the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where Zach holds a three-shot lead over, among others, Dustin:

Leaderboard: Zach Johnson (-13), Dustin Johnson (-10), Matt Kuchar (-10), Jordan Spieth (-10), Michael Thompson (-9), Webb Simpson (-9)

What it means: While the Plantation Course at Kapalua has often been seen as a long hitter's ballpark, the shorter-hitting Johnson has had no troubles through 36 holes and as a result finds his name atop the leaderboard at an event where his prior track record hasn't been the best. He'll still need to fend off a series of potent challengers, though, including the younger Johnson, the event's defending champion, and first-round co-leader Spieth.

Round of the day: A winner last year at the BMW Championship, Zach Johnson carded a bogey-free 66 Saturday to grab sole possession of the lead. The former Masters champ was able to make the most of the middle part of his round, carding seven birdies across an 11-hole stretch from Nos. 4-14. Johnson's 14 birdies through 36 holes pace the 30-man field, and he will now take an advantage into Sunday as he looks to close in on his 11th career PGA Tour win.

Best of the rest: After leaving Maui with the trophy a year ago, Dustin Johnson raised questions when he was forced to withdraw from the pro-am earlier this week with a neck injury. He showed no signs of struggle Saturday, however, recording nine birdies on the Plantation Course to more than offset a pair of bogeys. Johnson's outward nine of 6-under 30 included three straight birdies both from Nos. 3-5 and Nos. 7-9.

Biggest disappointment: Though he held a share of the overnight lead, Chris Kirk saw his name tumble backwards on a day when the rest of the winners-only field had few troubles carding birdies. A winner at the McGladrey Classic in November, Kirk bogeyed two of his first four holes Saturday and failed to get on track from there, ultimately settling for a 2-over 75. As a result, he will tee off Sunday morning eight shots off the lead that he held a share of just 24 hours ago.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Few active players can match the win totals of Johnson, who just last month stared down Tiger Woods at his own event and emerged victorious. It remains to be seen if the 37-year-old can hold on and earn a return trip to Maui next January, but he's certainly in position to do just that through 36 holes. The three players closest to him, though, all warrant attention: the event's defending champ is the only player in this week's field who has won at Kapalua, while Kuchar and Spieth were both mainstays on leaderboards throughout 2013.

Shot of the day: One of the longest hitters on Tour, Gary Woodland was expected to play well this week and got a boost Saturday at the par-4 seventh hole. After bombing his drive 381 yards down the right side, the Reno-Tahoe champ carved his approach from 133 yards over bunkers in front of the green and watched his ball find the hole for an eagle 2. The result helped propel Woodland to a 3-under 70, and at 5-under 141 he will begin the third round eight shots off the pace.