Matt Kuchar Tied for First-Round Lead at Mayakoba Golf Classic

Rex Christensen
November 9, 2018

She has taken on the role with the seven-time PGA Tour event victor previously.

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

Kuchar said accurate driving had been the key to his lowest opening score in almost two years. "So to be able to bring the family to enjoy some vacation time, it's a bit of a working vacation", Kuchar said.

Rickie Fowler ended the day at five under, with Tony Finau at two under and Jordan Spieth struggling at even par alongside Johnson after a wildly inconsistent round.

The new PGA Tour season rolls on this week as the 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic tees off from El Camaleón Golf Club in Mexico's Riviera Maya. There are far better PGA DFS values on DraftKings and FanDuel than the premium you'll need to pay for him.

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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, making him the first Mexican golfer to crack the top 100 in the world rankings.

Also at 65 were Bud Cauley as he returns from a auto accident at the Memorial in early June, defending champion Patton Kizzire, who made back-to-back eagles on the par-5 5th hole and by holing out on the par-4 6th, and Sydneysider Matt Jones. He's a player you want to completely steer clear of at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Johnson was playing the first round with Billy Horschel and Matt Kuchar, and when Green subbed out it was Kuchar's wife, Sybi, who stepped in for the rest of the round. Kuchar was playing with Zach Johnson, whose caddie (Damon Green) became ill from the heat with four holes to play.

Sybi had been walking with the group while watching her husband, but she finished the back nine with Johnson's bag on her shoulder. "I figured she'd be a good one to handle Zach, and Zach would definitely go easy on her".

Kuchar and Johnson live at Sea Island on the Georgia coast.

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