Matt Kuchar shoots 64, leads Mayakoba Classic by 2 shots

Annette Crawford
November 10, 2018

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. He was leading by one when his tee shot sailed well to right under bushes near a bed of rocks.

Cameron Davis and Matt Jones are the only Australians to have made the weekend at the Mayakoba Classic at Playa del Carmen near Cancun in Mexico but they are a long way from the lead of Matt Kuchar who produced consecutive rounds of 64 to lead by two over rookie Cameron Champ.

Jutanugarn led by four strokes after the second round but slipped to a 71, which included a bogey on the final hole.

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. El Camaleon Golf Club is all about location - preferably the fairway - more than smashing it as far as possible.

The big-hitting 23-year-old, who's coming off his first PGA Tour win at last month's Sanderson Farms Championship, said he was feeling more comfortable on the course, which allowed him to get into a groove on Friday.

The cut was at 4-under 138 and missing it was Jordan Spieth.

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

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. Next up is his wedding over Thanksgiving weekend.

Defending champion Patton Kizzire shot a bogey-free 66 and is three shots back in a tie for third with Danny Lee (66) of New Zealand, Whee Kim (63) of South Korea, Dominic Bozzelli (67), Brian Gay (63), Anirban Lahiri (66) of India, and Richy Werenski (66).

Eighteen players are within five shots of the lead. 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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