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MATT Kuchar earned a share of the firstround lead at the Mayakoba Clas­sic in Mex­ico on Thurs­day while his wife gave play­ing com­pan­ion Zach John­son an as­sist.

Sybi Kuchar took over cad­dy­ing for John­son for the fi­nal four holes when the two-times ma­jor win­ner’s bag­man Da­mon Green took ill with sus­pected de­hy­dra­tion at El Ca­maleón in Playa del Car­men.

“She had cad­died for me be­fore and was friendly with Zach and I fig­ured she would be good to han­dle it, and Zach would go easy on her,” Kuchar said of his wife, a for­mer col­le­giate ten­nis player, ac­cord­ing to

“She knows the deal of keep­ing up and stay­ing out of the way and I knew Zach would be happy to see a friendly face to take over the bag.”

John­son bat­tled to a 71, while Kuchar had seven birdies in a seven-un­der-par 64 matched by fel­low Amer­i­cans Kramer Hickok and Do­minic Bozzelli.

Kuchar said ac­cu­rate driv­ing had been the key to his low­est open­ing score in nearly two years.

“If you’re not driv­ing it well, this course is ex­tremely hard,” said the sev­en­times PGA Tour win­ner. “If you’re driv­ing it well, you can make some birdies, which I was able to do to­day.”

Kuchar, Hickok and Bozzelli led by one stroke from 15 play­ers in­clud­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Pat­ton Kizzire, the lat­ter’s cause helped by the first con­sec­u­tive ea­gles on the PGA Tour since June.

The sec­ond ea­gle, at the par-four sixth, came from the rough, a shot that prompted Kizzire to re­mark ‘oh boy’ twice while the ball was in the air. | Reuters

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