Kuchar goes up by 2 strokes in Mex­ico

The Beaufort Gazette - - Sports -

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 out-of-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 twoshot 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. “I just had that one chal­leng­ing hole.”

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 be­fore his wild ad­ven­ture on the 12th hole. Tied again for the lead, he added two birdies com­ing in for his two-shot cush­ion.

Rickie Fowler (68) and Tony Finau (65) were at 8-un­der 134, along with their Ry­der Cup cap­tain, Jim Furyk, who had a 65.

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