Kuchar fires 64, leads in Mexico
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Matt Kuchar had a 7-under 64 with a fortunate bogey on his card to build a two-shot lead over big-hitting rookie Cameron Champ on Friday in Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Kuchar surged into the mix with five straight birdies on the front nine. He was leading by one when his tee shot sailed well to right under bushes near a bed of rocks. He took a penalty drop in a precarious spot, chipped out into the rough and escaped with no more worse than bogey when he holed a 35-foot putt.
Champ, going for his second victory this season, played in the morning and had a 62 with a bogey on his final hole.
Kuchar was at 14-under 128. Jordan Spieth missed the cut in his final event of the year.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Sun City, South Africa, Sergio Garcia barely held onto his lead as Louis Oosthuizen’s second-round charge took him to within a shot of the Spaniard at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Garcia’s 1-under 71 moved him to 9 under 135 overall, but his four-shot advantage from the first day disappeared as Oosthuizen (67) made an eagle and five birdies. PGA CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Phoenix, Paul Goydos birdied the par-5 18th for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at 14-under par in the tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.