PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico | Kuchar builds a 2-shot lead at Mayakoba Classic

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico | Kuchar builds a 2-shot lead at Mayakoba Classic

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico  — Matt Kuchar knew he was in trouble when his tee shot sailed so far to the right that he hit a provisional in case the ball was out-of-bounds.

He found the ball, and somehow never lost the lead.

Kuchar escaped his only big mess Friday with a 35-foot bogey putt on the 12th hole, and he rode eight birdies to a 7-under 64 that gave him a two-shot lead over PGA Tour rookie Cameron Champ going into the weekend at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

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