Kuchar starts his ‘va­ca­tion’ with 64

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS 2 -

PLAYA DEL CAR­MEN, Mex­ico — Matt Kuchar de­cided at the last minute to play the Mayakoba Golf Clas­sic and made it look like a smart move Thurs­day.

Kuchar missed only two fair­ways at El Ca­ma­leon Golf Club, key to good scor­ing, 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 a par 71, leav­ing him in need of a good round Fri­day just to stick around for the week­end.

Among those in the large group at 65 was Abra­ham Ancer, whose tie for fourth last week in Las Ve­gas moved him to No. 98 in the world. That made Ancer the first Mex­i­can golfer to crack the top 100 in the world rank­ing, and he car­ried that to his na­tive soil and kept mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

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