PGA Tour

Mayakoba Golf Classic 2018

November 08-11

El Camaleon GC, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

$7,200,000

November 08-11

El Camaleon GC, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

$7,200,000

Round 1

Three-way tie in Mexico

November 08, 2018

Matt Kuchar decided at the last minute to play the Mayakoba Golf Classic and made it look like a smart move Thursday.

Kuchar missed only two fairways at El Camaleon Golf Club, key to good scoring, and kept bogeys off his card for a 7-under 64 that gave him a share of the lead with Dominic Bozzelli and PGA Tour rookie Kramer Hickok.

Kuchar has gone more than four years since his last PGA Tour victory. His 64 was his lowest opening round on tour since a 64 in the 2017 Phoenix Open.

''It's an amazing resort, Mayakoba. So to be able to bring the family to enjoy some vacation time, it's a bit of a working vacation,'' Kuchar said. ''I had a good time at the office, as well.''

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

Jordan Spieth was not among them. Playing his second straight week in the fall - and his last tournament before his wedding - Spieth traded birdies and bogeys and had to settle for an even-par 71, leaving him in need to a good round Friday just to stick around for the weekend.

One of his former roommates had no such issues.

Hickok also played college golf at Texas and lived with Spieth in Dallas until a few months ago, when all the roommates had to find other arrangements as Spieth prepares for his marriage to Annie Verret.

Spieth had his first PGA Tour victory seven months after leaving college early. Hickok toiled on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, then the Web.com Tour before finally making it to the big leagues. But he says he learns plenty by playing with Spieth at home.

''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.

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. That made Ancer the first Mexican golfer to crack the top 100 in the world ranking, and he carried that to his native soil and kept moving in the right direction.

Also at 65 were Bud Cauley as he returns from a car 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.

Rickie Fowler was among those at 66.

Kuchar has slipped to No. 40 in the world, failed to reach the third round of the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time in a decade and did not play in the Ryder Cup for the first time in 10 years. He still keeps upbeat on and off the golf course, and decided while in Las Vegas (a tie for 57th) to play Mayakoba.

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

His wife, Sybi, also got in on the act. Kuchar was playing with Zach Johnson, whose caddie (Damon Green) became ill from the heat with four holes to play. Kuchar's wife was following along in the gallery and carried Johnson's bag the rest of the way.

''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,'' Kuchar said.

Kuchar and Johnson live at Sea Island on the Georgia coast.

Spieth was 2 under through eight holes until he dropped three shots over the next eight holes. Going back to an old driver didn't help as he hit only six fairways, making it tough to score for anyone out of the rough.

''If you're not driving it well, this course is extremely hard,'' Kuchar said. ''If you're driving it well, you can make some birdies, which I was able to do today.''

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-7
64
T1
Kramer Hickok
USA
-7
64
T1
Matt Kuchar
USA
-7
64
T4
Abraham Ancer
USA
-6
65
T4
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-6
65
T4
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-6
65
T4
Bud Cauley
USA
-6
65
T4
Danny Lee
NZL
-6
65
T4
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-6
65
T4
Gary Woodland
USA
-6
65
T4
Harold Varner III
USA
-6
65
T4
J. T. Poston
USA
-6
65
T4
Kevin Chappell
USA
-6
65
T4
Matt Jones
AUS
-6
65
T4
Patton Kizzire
USA
-6
65
T4
Richy Werenski
USA
-6
65
T4
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-6
65
T4
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-6
65
T19
Adam Schenk
USA
-5
66
T19
Brian Harman
USA
-5
66
T19
James Hahn
USA
-5
66
T19
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-5
66
T19
Keith Mitchell
USA
-5
66
T19
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-5
66
T19
Oscar Fraustro
MEX
-5
66
T19
Pat Perez
USA
-5
66
T19
Rickie Fowler
USA
-5
66
T19
Russell Henley
USA
-5
66
T19
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-5
66
T30
Anders Albertson
USA
-4
67
T30
Armando Favela
MEX
-4
67
T30
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-4
67
T30
Chase Wright
USA
-4
67
T30
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-4
67
T30
Chez Reavie
USA
-4
67
T30
Harris English
USA
-4
67
T30
Josh Teater
USA
-4
67
T30
Peter Malnati
USA
-4
67
T30
Ryan Armour
USA
-4
67
T30
Scott Brown
USA
-4
67
T30
Scott Piercy
USA
-4
67
T42
Alex Cejka
GER
-3
68
T42
Brian Gay
USA
-3
68
T42
Brice Garnett
USA
-3
68
T42
Cameron Champ
USA
-3
68
T42
Cameron Davis
AUS
-3
68
T42
Hunter Mahan
USA
-3
68
T42
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-3
68
T42
Jim Herman
USA
-3
68
T42
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
-3
68
T42
Nick Taylor
CAN
-3
68
T42
Seth Reeves
USA
-3
68
T42
Shintaro Ban
USA
-3
68
T42
Tom Hoge
USA
-3
68
T55
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-2
69
T55
Charles Howell III
USA
-2
69
T55
D. A. Points
USA
-2
69
T55
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-2
69
T55
J. B. Holmes
USA
-2
69
T55
J. J. Spaun
USA
-2
69
T55
Jason Dufner
USA
-2
69
T55
Jim Furyk
USA
-2
69
T55
Joel Dahmen
USA
-2
69
T55
John Chin
USA
-2
69
T55
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-2
69
T55
Kelly Kraft
USA
-2
69
T55
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
-2
69
T55
Ryan Blaum
USA
-2
69
T55
Sam Ryder
USA
-2
69
T55
Scott Langley
USA
-2
69
T55
Sean O'Hair
USA
-2
69
T55
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-2
69
T55
Shawn Stefani
USA
-2
69
T55
Tony Finau
USA
-2
69
T55
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-2
69
T55
Wesley Bryan
USA
-2
69
T77
Adam Svensson
CAN
-1
70
T77
Andrew Landry
USA
-1
70
T77
Bill Haas
USA
-1
70
T77
Brandon Harkins
USA
-1
70
T77
Brian Stuard
USA
-1
70
T77
Chris Stroud
USA
-1
70
T77
Eamonn McLoughlin
USA
-1
70
T77
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-1
70
T77
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-1
70
T77
Luke List
USA
-1
70
T77
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-1
70
T77
Steve Marino
USA
-1
70
T77
Wyndham Clark
USA
-1
70
T77
Zachary Bauchou
USA
-1
70
T91
Aaron Wise
USA
Par
71
T91
Billy Horschel
USA
Par
71
T91
Charley Hoffman
USA
Par
71
T91
Grayson Murray
USA
Par
71
T91
Hudson Swafford
USA
Par
71
T91
Jamie Lovemark
USA
Par
71
T91
Jordan Spieth
USA
Par
71
T91
Kevin Kisner
USA
Par
71
T91
Kevin Stadler
USA
Par
71
T91
Max Homa
USA
Par
71
T91
Norman Xiong
USA
Par
71
T91
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
Par
71
T91
Roberto Diaz
MEX
Par
71
T91
Ryan Moore
USA
Par
71
T91
Sam Burns
USA
Par
71
T91
Sebastian Vazquez
MEX
Par
71
T91
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
Par
71
T91
Zach Johnson
USA
Par
71
T109
Alex Prugh
USA
1
72
T109
Beau Hossler
USA
1
72
T109
Chris Kirk
USA
1
72
T109
Cody Gribble
USA
1
72
T109
Corey Conners
CAN
1
72
T109
Denny McCarthy
USA
1
72
T109
Ernie Els
RSA
1
72
T109
Martin Laird
SCO
1
72
T109
Seamus Power
IRL
1
72
T109
Viktor Hovland
NOR
1
72
T119
Kyle Jones
USA
2
73
T119
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
2
73
T119
Martin Trainer
USA
2
73
T119
Tyler Duncan
USA
2
73
T123
Curtis Luck
AUS
3
74
T123
John Huh
USA
3
74
T123
Kevin Streelman
USA
3
74
T126
Matt Hutchins
USA
4
75
T126
Patrick Rodgers
USA
4
75
T126
Robert Streb
USA
4
75
T126
Roger Sloan
CAN
4
75
T126
Sam Saunders
USA
4
75
T131
Brad Adamonis
USA
5
76
T131
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
5
76
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-7
64
T1
Kramer Hickok
USA
-7
64
T1
Matt Kuchar
USA
-7
64
T4
Abraham Ancer
USA
-6
65
T4
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-6
65
T4
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-6
65
T4
Bud Cauley
USA
-6
65
T4
Danny Lee
NZL
-6
65
T4
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-6
65
T4
Gary Woodland
USA
-6
65
T4
Harold Varner III
USA
-6
65
T4
J. T. Poston
USA
-6
65
T4
Kevin Chappell
USA
-6
65
T4
Matt Jones
AUS
-6
65
T4
Patton Kizzire
USA
-6
65
T4
Richy Werenski
USA
-6
65
T4
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-6
65
T4
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-6
65
T19
Adam Schenk
USA
-5
66
T19
Brian Harman
USA
-5
66
T19
James Hahn
USA
-5
66
T19
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-5
66
T19
Keith Mitchell
USA
-5
66
T19
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-5
66
T19
Oscar Fraustro
MEX
-5
66
T19
Pat Perez
USA
-5
66
T19
Rickie Fowler
USA
-5
66
T19
Russell Henley
USA
-5
66
T19
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-5
66
T30
Anders Albertson
USA
-4
67
T30
Armando Favela
MEX
-4
67
T30
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-4
67
T30
Chase Wright
USA
-4
67
T30
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-4
67
T30
Chez Reavie
USA
-4
67
T30
Harris English
USA
-4
67
T30
Josh Teater
USA
-4
67
T30
Peter Malnati
USA
-4
67
T30
Ryan Armour
USA
-4
67
T30
Scott Brown
USA
-4
67
T30
Scott Piercy
USA
-4
67
T42
Alex Cejka
GER
-3
68
T42
Brian Gay
USA
-3
68
T42
Brice Garnett
USA
-3
68
T42
Cameron Champ
USA
-3
68
T42
Cameron Davis
AUS
-3
68
T42
Hunter Mahan
USA
-3
68
T42
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-3
68
T42
Jim Herman
USA
-3
68
T42
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
-3
68
T42
Nick Taylor
CAN
-3
68
T42
Seth Reeves
USA
-3
68
T42
Shintaro Ban
USA
-3
68
T42
Tom Hoge
USA
-3
68
T55
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-2
69
T55
Charles Howell III
USA
-2
69
T55
D. A. Points
USA
-2
69
T55
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-2
69
T55
J. B. Holmes
USA
-2
69
T55
J. J. Spaun
USA
-2
69
T55
Jason Dufner
USA
-2
69
T55
Jim Furyk
USA
-2
69
T55
Joel Dahmen
USA
-2
69
T55
John Chin
USA
-2
69
T55
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-2
69
T55
Kelly Kraft
USA
-2
69
T55
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
-2
69
T55
Ryan Blaum
USA
-2
69
T55
Sam Ryder
USA
-2
69
T55
Scott Langley
USA
-2
69
T55
Sean O'Hair
USA
-2
69
T55
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-2
69
T55
Shawn Stefani
USA
-2
69
T55
Tony Finau
USA
-2
69
T55
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-2
69
T55
Wesley Bryan
USA
-2
69
T77
Adam Svensson
CAN
-1
70
T77
Andrew Landry
USA
-1
70
T77
Bill Haas
USA
-1
70
T77
Brandon Harkins
USA
-1
70
T77
Brian Stuard
USA
-1
70
T77
Chris Stroud
USA
-1
70
T77
Eamonn McLoughlin
USA
-1
70
T77
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-1
70
T77
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-1
70
T77
Luke List
USA
-1
70
T77
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-1
70
T77
Steve Marino
USA
-1
70
T77
Wyndham Clark
USA
-1
70
T77
Zachary Bauchou
USA
-1
70
T91
Aaron Wise
USA
Par
71
T91
Billy Horschel
USA
Par
71
T91
Charley Hoffman
USA
Par
71
T91
Grayson Murray
USA
Par
71
T91
Hudson Swafford
USA
Par
71
T91
Jamie Lovemark
USA
Par
71
T91
Jordan Spieth
USA
Par
71
T91
Kevin Kisner
USA
Par
71
T91
Kevin Stadler
USA
Par
71
T91
Max Homa
USA
Par
71
T91
Norman Xiong
USA
Par
71
T91
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
Par
71
T91
Roberto Diaz
MEX
Par
71
T91
Ryan Moore
USA
Par
71
T91
Sam Burns
USA
Par
71
T91
Sebastian Vazquez
MEX
Par
71
T91
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
Par
71
T91
Zach Johnson
USA
Par
71
T109
Alex Prugh
USA
1
72
T109
Beau Hossler
USA
1
72
T109
Chris Kirk
USA
1
72
T109
Cody Gribble
USA
1
72
T109
Corey Conners
CAN
1
72
T109
Denny McCarthy
USA
1
72
T109
Ernie Els
RSA
1
72
T109
Martin Laird
SCO
1
72
T109
Seamus Power
IRL
1
72
T109
Viktor Hovland
NOR
1
72
T119
Kyle Jones
USA
2
73
T119
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
2
73
T119
Martin Trainer
USA
2
73
T119
Tyler Duncan
USA
2
73
T123
Curtis Luck
AUS
3
74
T123
John Huh
USA
3
74
T123
Kevin Streelman
USA
3
74
T126
Matt Hutchins
USA
4
75
T126
Patrick Rodgers
USA
4
75
T126
Robert Streb
USA
4
75
T126
Roger Sloan
CAN
4
75
T126
Sam Saunders
USA
4
75
T131
Brad Adamonis
USA
5
76
T131
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
5
76