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

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2018

Australia's Matt Jones has made an impressive start to the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Classic at Playa del Carmen in Mexico, the 38 year old former Sydneysider, who only recently regained his PGA Tour status via the Web.Com Tour Finals, opening with a round of 65 to be in a share of 4th place and just one behind a three way tie for the lead.

Kuchar has gone more than four years since his last PGA Tour victory. Kuchar is now tied for the lead after shooting an opening 64.

"It's an awesome resort, Mayakoba".

Kuchar is another to be jetting to Sydney next week for the Australian Open followed by an appearance at the World Cup the following week in Melbourne.

"She knows the deal of keeping up and staying out of the way and I knew Zach would be happy to see a friendly face to take over the bag".

Most players did, with more than half of the 132-man field in the 60s.

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

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 vehicle accident at the Memorial in early June, and defending champion Patton Kizzire, who made back-to-back eagles on the par-5 fifth hole and by holing out on the par-4 sixth.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Paul Goydos and Tim Petrovic shot 8-under 63 to share the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix, leaving points leader Bernhard Langer seven strokes back in the season finale.

His caddie already had other plans, so Kuchar hired a local caddie from El Camaleon.

Johnson battled to a 71, while Kuchar had seven birdies in a seven-under-par 64 matched by fellow Americans Kramer Hickok and Dominic Bozzelli.

"I didn't talk too much to Damon, but you could tell it was heat fatigue, heat exhaustion", Kuchar later told reporters. "If you're driving it well, you can make some birdies, which I was able to do today".

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