Kuchar among three-way lead at Mayakoba Clas­sic

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PLAYA DEL CAR­MEN, Mex­ico (AP) — Matt Kuchar de­cided at the last minute to play the


Golf Clas­sic and made it look like a smart move


Kuchar missed only two fair­ways at El Ca­ma­leon Golf Club and kept bo­geys off his card for a 7-un­der 64 that gave him a share of the lead with Do­minic Bozzelli and PGA Tour rookie Kramer Hickok.

Kuchar has gone more than four years since his last PGA Tour vic­tory. His 64 was his low­est open­ing round on tour since a 64 in the 2017 Phoenix Open.

“It’s an amaz­ing re­sort, Mayakoba. So to be able to bring the fam­ily to en­joy some va­ca­tion time, it’s a bit of a work­ing va­ca­tion,” Kuchar said. “I had a good time at the of­fice, as well.”

Most play­ers did, with more than half of the 132-man field in the 60s.

Jor­dan Spi­eth was not among them. Play­ing his sec­ond straight week in the fall — and his last tour­na­ment be­fore his wed­ding — Spi­eth traded birdies and bo­geys and had to set­tle for an even-par 71, leav­ing him in need of a good round to­day just to stick around for the week­end.

One of his for­mer room­mates had no such is­sues.

Hickok also played col­lege golf at Texas and lived with Spi­eth in Dal­las un­til a few months ago, when all the room­mates had to find other ar­range­ments as Spi­eth pre­pares for his mar­riage to An­nie Ver­ret.

Spi­eth had his first PGA Tour vic­tory seven months af­ter leav­ing col­lege early. Hickok toiled on the Macken­zie Tour in Canada, then the Web.com Tour be­fore fi­nally mak­ing it to the big leagues. But he says he learns plenty by play­ing with Spi­eth at home.

“I’m reach­ing out when I’m home and try­ing to pick his brain a lit­tle bit here and there, but re­ally just watch­ing him play, what he does at prac­tice,” Hickok said.

Fif­teen play­ers were tied for fourth place af­ter shoot­ing 65. Rickie Fowler, still look­ing for his first win of the year, was among 11 play­ers at 66.


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