Kuchar pads his lead at Mex­ico PGA stop

Times Colonist - - Sports -

PLAYA DEL CAR­MEN, Mex­ico — Matt Kuchar knew he was in trou­ble when his tee shot sailed so far to the right that he hit a pro­vi­sional in case the ball was outof-bounds. He found the ball, and some­how never lost the lead. Kuchar es­caped his only big mess Fri­day with a 35-foot bo­gey putt on the 12th hole, and he rode eight birdies to a 7-un­der 64 that gave him a two-shot lead over PGA Tour rookie Cameron Champ go­ing into the week­end at the Mayakoba Golf Clas­sic.

Champ, go­ing af­ter his sec­ond vic­tory in three weeks, played in the morn­ing and shot 62 with a bo­gey on his fi­nal hole.

Kuchar was at 14-un­der 128 as he tries to end more than four years with­out a PGA Tour vic­tory.

“Yes­ter­day was kind of a bo­gey-free day and just easy, and ev­ery­thing else to­day was about the same,” he said.

What put Kuchar in good shape were the five straight birdies on the front nine, and then he took the lead for the first time with a birdie on No. 11. Tied again for the lead, he added two birdies com­ing in.

The cut was at 4-un­der 138. The week­end will not in­clude Jor­dan Spi­eth. The three-time ma­jor cham­pion missed the cut in his fi­nal event of the year af­ter a 69. Spi­eth man­aged only eight birdies in good scor­ing con­di­tions and will have the week­end off for the sev­enth time this year. Next up is his wed­ding over Thanks­giv­ing week­end.

Adam Had­win of Ab­bots­ford was the only Cana­dian to make the cut af­ter fir­ing a 4-un­der 67 to tie for 10th at 10-un­der.

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