FILE PHOTO: Aug three, 2018; Akron, OH, USA; PGA golfer Matt Kuchar tees off at the 17th hollow all over the second one spherical of the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational golfing event at Firestone Nation Membership – South Route. Obligatory Credit score: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports activities/Report Photograph
(Reuters) – Matt Kuchar sank 8 birdies in a 2nd spherical 64 to take a two-stroke lead over fellow American Cameron Champ on the Mayakoba Vintage in Mexico on Friday.
It was once the second one consecutive day that Kuchar shot seven beneath par on the El Camaleón in Playa del Carmen after his bogey-free opening spherical on Thursday.
The seven-times PGA Excursion winner’s maximum spectacular shot of the day got here at the par-four 12th, the place he sank a 19-foot putt to restrict the wear and tear to a bogey, his handiest probably the most day.
Champ was once sensational in simply his 3rd profession PGA Excursion get started on Friday, blending 8 birdies and an eagle with one bogey for a spherical of nine-under par 62 that gave him the outright lead sooner than Kuchar overtook him later within the day.
The massive-hitting 23-year-old, who’s coming off his first PGA Excursion win ultimately month’s Sanderson Farms Championship, mentioned he’s feeling extra at ease at the direction, which has allowed him to get right into a groove on Friday.
“I forgot what par was once, to be truthful,” he mentioned.
“I used to be simply flowing, I simply more or less felt within the zone, truly. I used to be simply looking to execute each and every shot at a time.”
The event will move into the weekend with quite much less drawing energy after three-time primary champion Jordan Spieth didn’t make the lower after rounds of 71 and 69.
However Masters runner-up and global quantity 9 Rickie Fowler remains to be within the hunt after taking pictures a three-under par 68 on Friday to enter the weekend tied for 20th with 13 different gamers.
Reporting via Rory Carroll; Modifying via Greg Stutchbury