Lee fires first-round 62 to grab Mayakoba lead
New Zealand's Danny Lee shot a 9-under par 62 on Friday to hold sole possession of the lead after one round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Lee, 29, was 7 under on the front nine. He played Nos. 4-8 in 6 under, with an eagle at the par-5 fifth hole. That streak is the longest birdie-eagle streak in the tournament's 13-year history.
"I changed my swing a little bit to gain distance off the tee and I really feel this new swing is grooven into my body," Lee told PGATour.com after the round. "I feel very comfortable with all my clubs, even my wedges. It's been showing me at of good results."
Brendon Todd and Adam Long are tied for second one shot back.
Fellow Americans Vaughn Taylor, Mark Hubbard, Zach Johnson and Chris Baker were tied for fourth at 7 under.
Defending champion Matt Kuchar was tied for 44th at 2-under par. After winning last year, Kuchar found himself embroiled in controversy for paying his Mexican fill-in caddie what was generally considered a paltry sum. The veteran later upped his payment to the caddie.
Cameron Tringale (2 under) and rookie Chase Seiffert (3 under), playing in back-to-back groups, each fired a hole in one at the 112-yard, par-3 fourth. Golfweek reported the last time aces were made in consecutive groups occurred in the 2004 Masters final round by Padraig Harrington and Kirk Triplett at the 16th hole.
Lee, runner-up in the Mayakoba tournament last year and tied for third in 2015, was one shot off the course record of 10-under 61 held by Roland Thatcher. According to the PGA Tour, Lee has shot 29 on the front nine twice in 18 career rounds at El Camaleon and has never broken 30 anywhere else in 666 rounds.
The first round was played under preferred lies due to heavy rain the previous few days. Thursday's round was postponed and play Friday was delayed 30 minutes while the course was being prepared.
--Field Level Media
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