Mayakoba Golf Classic R1

Russell Knox leading by one in Mexico

December 03-06
El Camaleon Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
$7,200,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Russell Knox birdied five of his last six holes on his front nine and played the back nine in 1-under in spite of a bogey for a 6-under 65 on a wet and windy Thursday to take the lead of the Mayakoba Golf Classic presented by UNIFIN.


“Took me a few holes to kind of settle into my round, but when I did, I had six or seven very good holes. I hit the ball well, drove it in the fairway, and with lift, clean and place, I could be fairly aggressive. Par was good today.”

“Obviously, I love the course. It sets up well for me. I mean, historically, my driving accuracy and iron play’s been my strength, so that’s kind of the key things that this course brings out in you.”

“I always kind of want it to be a little windy. I feel like I can flight my ball well at times. But it’s so soft out here, it’s the opposite of like links golf. No, I’m thrilled with that and look forward to trying again tomorrow.”



One stroke back are Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo and American Tom Hoge.

“It was tough,” said Niemann. “It was hard to adjust myself into the wind early, but I’m really happy the way I played. Took me a couple holes to like figure it out a little bit with the wind. I’m really happy the way I played and the way I finished.”


Niemann, whose 2-month old cousin is battling a rare neuromuscular disease and requires expensive treatment (a single injection costs over $2 million) will be donating his entire prize money this week, as he did after the RSM Classic, as well as $5,000 for every birdie and $10,000 for an eagle.

“I’m playing for Rafita. It’s always extra motivation trying to play for him and get some more money for him.”

“All the guys here on tour are being really nice, using the little ribbons we’re having to support Rafita. He’s fighting now in Chile, so we’ve got to work our way to help him.”

Local favourite Carlos Ortiz, winner of the Vivint Houston Open, was two strokes back at 67.





“When I made like a 60-footer for eagle on 5, I knew it was going to be a pretty good day. I was in control of my game. It’s one of those where you hit a good drive, it kind of sits down in the fairway and you feel like you’re going to get a flyer and it’s going to come out soft, but I’m really happy the way I played.”

Rickie Fowler’s round was a rollercoaster. He fired eight birdies as well as a bogey, a double bogey and a quadruple bogey at the 12th to finish his round at 1-under 70.

“There’s a lot of trouble around the golf course on both sides. It’s not like you ever have a side that you can favor; there’s trouble on both sides pretty much every hole.”

“This has to be the lowest I’ve shot with a quad. That doesn’t happen a whole lot. I’m definitely happy with what we were able to do and salvage what could have been a really bad day”





Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Russell Knox
-6
65
T2
Emiliano Grillo
-5
66
T2
Tom Hoge
-5
66
T2
Joaquin Niemann
-5
66
T5
Akshay Bhatia
-4
67
T5
Tony Finau
-4
67
T5
Michael Gligic
-4
67
T5
Viktor Hovland
-4
67
T5
Nate Lashley
-4
67
T5
Carlos Ortiz
-4
67
T5
Brendon Todd
-4
67
T5
Aaron Wise
-4
67
T13
Chris Baker
-3
68
T13
Joel Dahmen
-3
68
T13
Harry Higgs
-3
68
T13
Bo Hoag
-3
68
T13
Hunter Mahan
-3
68
T13
Pat Perez
-3
68
T13
Kyle Stanley
-3
68
T20
Ryan Armour
-2
69
T20
Daniel Berger
-2
69
T20
Keegan Bradley
-2
69
T20
Ryan Brehm
-2
69
T20
Jason Dufner
-2
69
T20
Austin Eckroat (a)
-2
69
T20
Harris English
-2
69
T20
Brandon Hagy
-2
69
T20
Chris Kirk
-2
69
T20
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
-2
69
T20
Andy Ogletree (a)
-2
69
T20
Rory Sabbatini
-2
69
T20
Chase Seiffert
-2
69
T20
Kevin Streelman
-2
69
T20
Steve Stricker
-2
69
T20
Jhonattan Vegas
-2
69
T36
K.J. Choi
-1
70
T36
Austin Cook
-1
70
T36
Tyler Duncan
-1
70
T36
Rickie Fowler
-1
70
T36
Michael Gellerman
-1
70
T36
Brian Harman
-1
70
T36
Billy Horschel
-1
70
T36
John Huh
-1
70
T36
Sung Kang
-1
70
T36
Satoshi Kodaira
-1
70
T36
Kelly Kraft
-1
70
T36
Adam Long
-1
70
T36
Maverick McNealy
-1
70
T36
Troy Merritt
-1
70
T36
Keith Mitchell
-1
70
T36
Scott Piercy
-1
70
T36
Patrick Rodgers
-1
70
T36
J.J. Spaun
-1
70
T36
Harold Varner III
-1
70
T36
Camilo Villegas
-1
70
T56
Corey Conners
E
71
T56
Quade Cummins
E
71
T56
Matt Every
E
71
T56
Doug Ghim
E
71
T56
Lucas Glover
E
71
T56
Branden Grace
E
71
T56
Mark Hubbard
E
71
T56
Brooks Koepka
E
71
T56
Hank Lebioda
E
71
T56
Luke List
E
71
T56
Henrik Norlander
E
71
T56
Rob Oppenheim
E
71
T56
Brendan Steele
E
71
T56
Vincent Whaley
E
71
T70
Byeong Hun An
1
72
T70
Abraham Ancer
1
72
T70
Aaron Baddeley
1
72
T70
Bronson Burgoon
1
72
T70
Rafael Campos
1
72
T70
Luke Donald
1
72
T70
Adam Hadwin
1
72
T70
Russell Henley
1
72
T70
Charley Hoffman
1
72
T70
Charles Howell III
1
72
T70
Patton Kizzire
1
72
T70
Graeme McDowell
1
72
T70
Cameron Percy
1
72
T70
Andrew Putnam
1
72
T70
Sam Ryder
1
72
T70
Brian Stuard
1
72
T70
Ben Taylor
1
72
T70
Justin Thomas
1
72
T70
Kristoffer Ventura
1
72
T70
Nick Watney
1
72
T70
Gary Woodland
1
72
T70
Will Zalatoris
1
72
T70
Xinjun Zhang
1
72
T93
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
2
73
T93
Armando Favela
2
73
T93
Scott Harrington
2
73
T93
Max Homa
2
73
T93
Michael Kim
2
73
T93
Sebastián Muñoz
2
73
T93
Drew Nesbitt
2
73
T93
Sepp Straka
2
73
T93
D.J. Trahan
2
73
T93
Johnson Wagner
2
73
T93
Tim Wilkinson
2
73
T104
Rafa Cabrera Bello
3
74
T104
Roberto Díaz
3
74
T104
Brice Garnett
3
74
T104
Chesson Hadley
3
74
T104
Marc Leishman
3
74
T104
Denny McCarthy
3
74
T104
Robby Shelton
3
74
T104
Bo Van Pelt
3
74
T112
Mark Anderson
4
75
T112
Joseph Bramlett
4
75
T112
William Gordon
4
75
T112
D.A. Points
4
75
T112
Adam Schenk
4
75
T112
Roger Sloan
4
75
T118
Patrick Cover (a)
5
76
T118
Fabián Gómez
5
76
T118
Beau Hossler
5
76
T118
Alex Noren
5
76
T118
Santiago Tarrio
5
76
T118
Vaughn Taylor
5
76
T118
Aaron Terrazas
5
76
T125
Sebastian Cappelen
6
77
T125
Rhein Gibson
6
77
T125
Kevin Stadler
6
77
T128
Wesley Bryan
7
78
T128
Peter Malnati
7
78
T128
Chez Reavie
7
78
T128
Ollie Schniederjans
7
78
132
Isidro Benitez
9
80
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