Matt Kuchar carded a 7-under 64 Friday to claim the second-round lead at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, but all the buzz surrounded rookie phenom Cameron Champ.
Champ victor at the Sanderson Farms Championship in MS, was in full control as he missed only two fairways for the second straight day.
Kuchar, looking for his first worldwide win since 2015, played exceptionally well on the front nine, with five straight birdies at one point. "I was just flowing, I just kind of felt in the zone, really".More news: Nadal surgery postpones clash with Djokovic in Saudi Arabia
SHOT OF THE DAY: Full disclosure - we don't know exactly how this shot played out, but we're going with Champ hitting 3-wood over the cave bunker because it's so nice to look at.
"I knew Sybi was in the crowd, I knew she had caddied for me before and was friendly with Zach Johnson, and figured she would be good to handle it, and Zach would go easy on her". "You have to place it off the tee, and some holes the rough is very thick and you've just got to whack it out. 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".
The cut was at four-under 138.More news: Manchester United forward Anthony Martial earns recall to France squad
Kuchar, owner of seven tour titles but seeking his first since the 2014 RBC Heritage, was two strokes clear of Cameron Champ, who fired a nine-under par 62 to set an early target on 130.
SHORT SHOTS: Jordan Spieth missed the cut at 2 under a week after finishing T-55 in Las Vegas. Spieth managed only eight birdies in good scoring conditions and will have the weekend off for the seventh time this year.
Seven players are at 11 under, including defending champion Patton Kizzire, past Mayakoba champion Brian Gay and Anirban Lahiri of India, who's played in the last two Presidents Cups, and New Zealand's Danny Lee. Next up is his wedding over Thanksgiving weekend. Check in for highlights from every tournament plus player interviews, player profiles, tournament previews, swing analysis and all the greatest shots and wonderful moments.More news: 5 people found dead in vehicles torched by fire
Rickie Fowler (68) and Tony Finau (65) are at eight under, along with their Ryder Cup captain, Jim Furyk, who had a 65.