Kuchar takes two-shot lead over Champ in Mex­ico

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

MEX­ICO CITY: Matt Kuchar grabbed a two-shot lead at the US PGA Tour's Mayakoba Clas­sic in Mex­ico on Fri­day, fir­ing his sec­ond straight 64 for a 14-un­der par to­tal of 128.

Kuchar, owner of seven tour ti­tles but seek­ing his first since the 2014 RBC Her­itage, was two strokes clear of Cameron Champ, who fired a nine-un­der par 62 to set an early tar­get on 130.

Champ, who won his first PGA Tour ti­tle in his sec­ond start as a tour mem­ber at the San­der­son Farms Cham­pi­onship in Mis­sis­sippi last month, had eight birdies an ea­gle and one bo­gey on the El Ca­ma­leon Golf Club Course in Playa del Car­men.

Champ said he never thought about the pos­si­bil­ity of shoot­ing a 59.

"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."

Al­though Champ topped the leader­board when he walked off the course, Kuchar, who started the day in a three-way tie for the lead with Do­minic Bozzelli and Kramer Hickok, was soon in hot pur­suit.

Kuchar birdied five straight on the front nine and picked up three more birdies com­ing in to off­set his only bo­gey of the day at the par­four 12th, where his tee shot found the bushes be­fore he lim­ited the dam­age with a long bo­gey putt.

Matt Kuchar lines up a putt dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Mayakoba Golf Clas­sic in Playa del Car­men, Mex­ico. - AFP photo

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