"I'm reaching out when I'm home and trying to pick his brain a little bit here and there, but really just watching him play, what he does at practice", Hickok said.
Champ already won the Sanderson Farms Championship two weeks ago, held opposite a World Golf Championships event. He was at 12-under 130 and had a one-shot lead among the early starters.
What put Kuchar in good shape were the five straight birdies on the front nine, and then he took the lead for the first time with a birdie on No. 11 before his wild adventure on the 12th hole. Jordan Spieth misses the cut.
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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.
"It's not a bomber's course", Champ said.
"I knew Sybi was in the crowd, I knew she'd caddied for me before, she's friendly with Zach Johnson", Kucher said, via Golf.com. 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. "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".
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Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, playing his last tournament of the calendar year, missed the cut.
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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