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 in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, a 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.
Goydos, Petrovic share lead
Paul Goydos and Tim Petrovic shot 8-under 63 to share the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, leaving points leader Bernhard Langer seven strokes back in the PGA Tour Champions' season finale.
In sunny, 80-degree conditions at Phoenix Country Club, Langer parred the final nine holes for a 70. The 61-year-old German star opened with a chip-in eagle on the par-5 first, but had two front-nine bogeys.
Goydos also eagled the first and closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th. He won the 2016 event at Desert Mountain.
Petrovic eagled the 306-yard, par-4 fifth and rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 17th with a birdie on 18.
Jutanugarn opens lead
Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 4-under 68 to take a four-stroke lead at the halfway point of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament at Hainan Island, China.
Jutanugarn had birdies on the final two holes — and four of the closing seven — on Thursday to take command over the rest of the field at 7-under 137.
Jennifer Song, Moriya Jutanugarn, and Gaby Lopez shot 71s and were in a tie for second at 3-under.
The leader is likely to play in a group on Friday with her older sister.
"I haven't played with her for so long," she explained. "We have so much fun. At the same time we didn't talk much when we played ... especially when there are three players in the group."