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Matt Kuchar builds two-shot lead entering third round of Mayakoba Classic

Matt Kuchar builds two-shot lead entering third round of Mayakoba Classic

Champ victor at the Sanderson Farms Championship in MS, was in full control as he missed only two fairways for the second straight day.

Matt Kuchar grabbed a two-shot lead at the US PGA Tour's Mayakoba Classic in Mexico on Friday, firing his second straight 64 for a 14-under par total of 128.

Matt Kuchar earned a share of the first-round lead at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico on Thursday while his wife gave playing companion Zach Johnson an assist. A bogey on 10th saw him fall to one-under, before he birdied 11th, 13th, 15th and 17th holes without dropping any more for a 66.

Kuchar, owner of seven tour titles but seeking his first since the 2014 RBC Heritage, was two strokes clear of Cameron Champ, who fired a nine-under par 62 to set an early target on 130. "So to be able to bring the family to enjoy some vacation time, it's a bit of a working vacation", said 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.

"I felt in control of my ball striking".

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.

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Kuchar reached the turn in 31 and started his back nine with another birdie, before holing a 35-foot bogey putt at the next after finding bushes off the tee and having to take a penalty drop. He's only two shots behind Kuchar.

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. "You have to go play good golf", Kuchar said.

Park Sung Hyun shot a 67 and fellow South Korean Kim Sei Young had a 68 to put them both within five strokes of the lead.

".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", he said.

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