Kuchar sinks eight birdies to take lead in Mex­ico

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

MEX­ICO CITY: Matt Kuchar sank eight birdies in a sec­ond round 64 to take a two-stroke lead over fel­low Amer­i­can Cameron Champ at the Mayakoba Clas­sic in Mex­ico on Fri­day.

It was the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day that Kuchar shot seven un­der par at the El Ca­malean in Playa del Car­men af­ter his bo­gey-free open­ing round. The seven-times PGA Tour win­ner’s most im­pres­sive shot of the day came on the par-four 12th, where he sank a 19-foot putt to limit the dam­age to a bo­gey, his only one of the day.

Champ was sen­sa­tional in just his third ca­reer PGA Tour start on Fri­day, mix­ing eight birdies and an ea­gle with one bo­gey for a round of nine-un­der par 62 that gave him the out­right lead be­fore Kuchar over­took him later in the day.

The big-hit­ting 23-year-old, who is com­ing off his first PGA Tour win at last month’s San­der­son Farms Cham­pi­onship, said he is feel­ing more com­fort­able on the course, which has al­lowed him to get into a groove on Fri­day. “I for­got what par was, to be hon­est,” he said.

“I was just flow­ing, I just kind of felt in the zone, re­ally. I was just try­ing to ex­e­cute each shot at a time.” The tour­na­ment will go into the week­end with slightly less draw­ing power af­ter three-time ma­jor cham­pion Jordan Spi­eth failed to make the cut af­ter rounds of 71 and 69.

But Mas­ters run­ner-up and world num­ber nine Rickie Fowler is still in the hunt af­ter shoot­ing a three-un­der par 68 on Fri­day to go into the week­end tied for 20th with 13 other play­ers. — Reuters

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