Kuchar takes two-shot lead over Champ in Mex­ico

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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 par-four 12th, where his tee shot found the bushes be­fore he lim­ited the dam­age with a long bo­gey putt.

Bozzelli lost ground with a four-un­der par 67 that left him in a group of seven play­ers shar­ing third place on 131, a group that also in­cluded New Zealand’s Danny Lee and In­dia’s Anir­ban Lahiri.

Hickok carded a 68 to join a group on 132.

Three-time ma­jor win­ner Jor­dan Spi­eth, play­ing his last tour­na­ment of the cal­en­dar year, missed the cut.

Af­ter an even par 71 on Thurs­day he had four birdies and two bo­geys in a two-un­der 69 that wasn’t enough to see him through to the week­end.

He missed the cut by two strokes with a two-un­der to­tal of 140.


128 — Matt Kuchar (USA) 64-64 130 — Cameron Champ (USA) 68-62

131 — Danny Lee (NZL) 65-66,

Kim Whee (KOR) 68-63, Do­minic Bozzelli (USA) 64-67, Pat­ton Kizzire (USA) 65-66, Brian Gay (USA) 68-63, Anir­ban Lahiri (IND) 65-66, Richy Weren­ski (USA) 65-66

132 — Jonas Blixt (SWE) 69-63, Lee Ky­oung-Hoon (KOR) 66-66, Adam Had­win (CAN) 65-67, Kramer Hickok (USA) 64-68

133 — Pat Perez (USA) 66-67, James Hahn (USA) 66-67, Kelly Kraft (USA) 69-64, Bud Cauley (USA) 65-68, Abra­ham Ancer (USA) 65-68, Emil­iano Grillo

(ARG) 65-68


Matt Kuchar of the United States putts on the 15th green dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Mayakoba Golf Clas­sic at El Ca­ma­leon Mayakoba Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mex­ico, on Fri­day.

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