Rookie sensation Champ has again highlighted his significant potential with a round of 62 to move into outright second position while the improving New Zealander Danny Lee is in a large group in a share of 3rd place. "Yesterday was kind of a bogey-free day and just easy, and everything else today (other than No. 12) was about the same". "I knew I had a par 5 following it, and I figured I was probably going to make double there and birdie on the next".
Kuchar, who will be one of the star attractions at the Australian Open in Sydney next week and the World Cup in Melbourne the week after, is out to end more than four years without a PGA Tour victory. El Camaleon Golf Club is all about location - preferably the fairway - more than smashing it as far as possible.
Coming off his first PGA Tour victory two weeks ago in the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi, Champ conceded the course doesn't fit his long-hitting style ("it's not a bomber's course", he said), but he was pleased to have good control Friday. Playing his second straight week in the autumn - 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 on Friday just to stick around for the weekend.
"If you're not driving it well, this course is extremely hard", said the seven-times PGA Tour victor.
The cut was at four-under 138. The weekend will not include Jordan Spieth.
Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth missed the cut in his final event of the year. Spieth managed only eight birdies in good scoring conditions and will have the weekend off for the seventh time this year. That gets him to 12 under on the week and two shots back.
Kuchar, Hickok and Bozzelli led by one stroke from 15 players including India's Anirban Lahiri and defending champion Patton Kizzire, the latter's cause helped by the first consecutive eagles on the PGA Tour since June.
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