Kuchar leads in Playa del Carmen, but Champ lurks

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Champ - already a victor on the PGA Tour season - had set the early clubhouse target after firing a round-of-the-day 62, with defending champion Patton Kizzire one of six players a further shot back in tied-third.

Lahiri is now 11-under and tied third as Matt Kuchar extended his one-shot lead to two after 36 holes.

A bogey-free seven-under 64 took Kuchar to the top of the leaderboard on Thursday, where he was joined by Kramer Hickok and Dominic Bozzelli, but he saw his spotlight partially stolen by his spouse.

Matt Kuchar had a 7-under 64 with a fortunate bogey on his card to build a two-shot lead over big-hitting rookie Cameron Champ on Friday in Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Champ, going for his second victory this season, had a bogey on the 18th hole to finish with a round of 62. El Camaleon Golf Club is all about location - preferably the fairway - more than smashing it as far as possible. Jordan Spieth misses the cut.

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. 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.

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

"This course I feel like is very suitable for everyone".

"Just to be able to place my ball right in the fairways and on the greens and make the putts when I needed is great", he said.

Ryder Cup stars Rickie Fowler and Tony Finau are five off the pace in a share of 20th, while Spieth missed the cut despite posting a two-under 69 on another day of low scoring. He is due to get married over Thanksgiving weekend.

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.

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.

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