Kuchar shares Mayakoba lead as wife caddies for Johnson

Annette Crawford
November 12, 2018

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.

Kuchar said accurate driving had been the key to his lowest opening score in almost two years. Check in for highlights from every tournament plus player interviews, player profiles, tournament previews, swing analysis and all the greatest shots and incredible moments.

Kuchar birdied five straight on the front nine and picked up three more birdies coming in to offset his only bogey of the day at the par-four 12th, where his tee shot found the bushes before he limited the damage with a long bogey putt.

The other two times Kuchar had the 54-hole lead, he won the Memorial in 2013 one week after losing a one-shot lead at Colonial.

He still keeps upbeat on and off the golf course and decided while in Las Vegas (a tie for 57th) to play Mayakoba.

"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. Even taking a one-shot penalty for an unplayable lie was not an easy option.

Instead of taking relief into deeper rough, he hit with his feet on the path and picked it clean so his fairway metal wouldn't smack into the cement.

Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk had a 66 and was at 13-under 200.

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). He had to settle for a 69.

U.S. Amateur champ Viktor Hovland of Norway is making his PGA TOUR debut this week.

"If you're not driving it well, this course is extremely hard", Kuchar said. "But it's got signs now of righting the ship and turning into a great start to. maybe it's a great finish to '18, great start to '18-19, however you want to classify the calendar".

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