Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
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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. He was at 12-under 130 and had a one-shot lead among the early starters. Jordan Spieth misses the cut.

Matt Kuchar carded a 7-under 64 Friday to claim the second-round lead at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, but all the buzz surrounded rookie phenom Cameron Champ.

"I was just flowing, I just kind of felt in the zone, really".

Kuchar heads the field, on 14-under, after a second straight 64, while fellow American Cameron Champ is second, on 12-under, after going lowest for the day, with 62.

"It's kind of nice to look back and know that I've won on every stage", said Hickcok, who was also a two-time victor on the Mackenzie Tour a year ago.

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

"It's not a bomber's course", Champ said.

Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, struggled to make an impression, hitting four birdies and four bogeys for an even-par 71. Spieth managed only eight birdies in good scoring conditions and will have the weekend off for the seventh time this year.

Defending champ Patton Kizzire is three off the lead at 11 under and T-3 in a group that includes Danny Lee, Whee Kim, Dominic Bozzelli, Brian Gay, Anirban Lahiri and Richy Werenski.

Gaby Lopez celebrated her 25th birthday by shooting a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead at the Blue Bay LPGA tournament at Hainan Island, China on Friday.

Rickie Fowler (68) and Tony Finau (65) were at 8-under 134, along with their Ryder Cup captain, Jim Furyk, who had a 65.

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