Kuchar leads the pack in Mexico

Carrie Guzman
November 10, 2018

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

Matt Kuchar claimed a share of a three-way first-round lead at the Mayakoba Golf Classic as his wife also starred, caddying for Zach Johnson.

Champ missed only two greens for the second straight round at El Camaleon Golf Club, including his final one that led to a lone bogey. "I hit a bad tee shot, hit it to the right, had to hit a provisional and made a double bogey there".

The 40-year-old is looking for his first PGA Tour win in more than four years and has 32 top-10 finishes since his last victory at the 2014 RBC Heritage.

Champ, who won his first PGA Tour title in his second start as a tour member at the Sanderson Farms Championship in MS last month, had eight birdies an eagle and one bogey on the El Camaleon Golf Club Course in Playa del Carmen.

"I'm reaching out when I'm home and trying to pick his brain a little bit here and there, but really just watching him play, what he does at practice", Hickok said.

Kuchar begun with five straight birdies on the front nine.

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After an even par 71 on Thursday he had four birdies and two bogeys in a two-under 69 that wasn't enough to see him through to the weekend.

"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 said. Jordan Spieth misses the cut.

"If you're not driving it well, this course is extremely hard", Kuchar said.

Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, playing his last tournament of the calendar year, missed the cut. Spieth managed only eight birdies in good scoring conditions and will have the weekend off for the seventh time this year.

Seven players are at 11 under, including defending champion Patton Kizzire, past Mayakoba champion Brian Gay and Anirban Lahiri of India, who's played in the last two Presidents Cups, and New Zealand's Danny Lee.

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