Kuchar Takes Lead Over Champ In Mexico

Rex Christensen
November 10, 2018

Kuchar, who's gone more than four years since his last victory on the PGA Tour, missed only two fairways at El Camaleon on Thursday and was bogey-free for his lowest opening round since a 64 in the 2017 Phoenix Open.

Champ won the Sanderson Farms Championship two weeks ago and his rapidly building fan base as a result of his exceptional length from the tee will build further this week. 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.

"It's not a bomber's course", Champ said.

Jordan Spieth was not among them.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Full disclosure - we don't know exactly how this shot played out, but we're going with Champ hitting 3-wood over the cave bunker because it's so nice to look at.

"I knew Sybi was in the crowd, I knew she'd caddied for me before, she's friendly with Zach Johnson", Kucher said, via Golf.com. "I was just flowing, I just kind of felt in the zone, really".

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"Just to be able to place my ball right in the fairways and on the greens and make the putts when I needed is great", he said.

An area renowned for its wild weather - rain out of nowhere, plenty of wind - has seen sunshine and calms for two days, and it's reflected in the scoring.

Champ - already a victor on the PGA Tour season - had set the early clubhouse target after firing a round-of-the-day 62, with defending champion Patton Kizzire one of six players a further shot back in tied-third.

Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, playing his last tournament of the calendar year, missed the cut.

The seven players at 11-under 131 included defending champion Patton Kizzire, past Mayakoba champion Brian Gay and Anirban Lahiri of India, who has played in the last two Presidents Cups. He is due to get married over Thanksgiving weekend.

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