Champ sets the early pace in Mexico

Champ sets the early pace in Mexico

Champ, who won his first PGA Tour title in his second start as a tour member at the Sanderson Farms Championship in MS last month, had eight birdies an eagle and one bogey on the El Camaleon Golf Club Course in Playa del Carmen.

Matt Kuchar grabbed a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, as Jordan Spieth missed the cut in Mexico. He was at 12-under 130 and had a one-shot lead among the early starters.

Kuchar missed just two of 14 fairways on his way to his lowest opening round on tour since a 64 in the 2017 Phoenix Open.

An eagle-three at the fifth and back-to-back birdies from the seventh left Champ requiring a final-hole gain to match the course record, only for him to card his only bogey of the day.

Kuchar, looking for his first worldwide win since 2015, played exceptionally well on the front nine, with five straight birdies at one point.

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Champ said he never thought about the possibility of shooting a 59. Like I said, just had one bad hole, one bad shot really-that tee shot.

Hickock, a buddy of three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, is playing in just his eighth PGA Tour event and his fourth this season after spending past year on the developmental tour, where he won the DAP Championship and had five other top-10 finishes.

"I knew Sybi was in the crowd, I knew she had caddied for me before and was friendly with Zach Johnson, and figured she would be good to handle it, and Zach would go easy on her".

Seven players are at 11 under, including defending champion Patton Kizzire, past Mayakoba champion Brian Gay and Anirban Lahiri of India, who's played in the last two Presidents Cups, and New Zealand's Danny Lee.

Rickie Fowler (68) and Tony Finau (65) are at eight under, along with their Ryder Cup captain, Jim Furyk, who had a 65.