Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Kuchar builds a 2-shot lead at Mayakoba Classic

PGA Tour: Matt Jones one back in Mexico Thursday's golf roundup: Kuchar shares lead in Mexico
Cary Erickson | 10 November, 2018, 14:45

Kuchar has not won a PGA Tour title in more than four years but today he produced five birdies in his first six holes to set up a round of 64 to follow the one he produced on Thursday. Champ shot a 62 as he seeks his second PGA Tour win this season.

"I knew Sybi was in the crowd, I knew she had caddied for me before and was friendly with Zach Johnson, and figured she would be good to handle it, and Zach would go easy on her".

Kuchar, who will be one of the star attractions at the Australian Open in Sydney next week and the World Cup in Melbourne the week after, is out to end more than four years without a PGA Tour victory. "I ended up making bogey there and par on the par-5 13th, so still felt like I was very much in control". El Camaleon Golf Club is all about location - preferably the fairway - more than smashing it as far as possible.

Two weeks after winning the Sanderson Farms Championship in MS, he worked on a few tweaks in his swing and was in full control of where the ball was going. 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 to a good round Friday just to stick around for the weekend.

"If you're not driving it well, this course is extremely hard", said the seven-times PGA Tour victor. "You have to place it off the tee, and some holes the rough is very thick and you've just got to whack it out".

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Lahiri had birdies on second and fifth before he dropped a shot on Par-5 seventh but a birdie on eighth meant he turned in two-under.

SHORT SHOTS: Jordan Spieth missed the cut at 2 under a week after finishing T-55 in Las Vegas. He had a 69 and was outside the cut line with half of the field still on the course in good scoring conditions.

The large group at 65 included defending champion Patton Kizzire, who had back-to-back eagles, and Abraham Ancer, who this week reached No. 98 to become the first Mexican golfer to crack the top 100 in the world ranking.

Park Sung Hyun shot a 67 and fellow South Korean Kim Sei Young had a 68 to put them both within five strokes of the lead.