Kuchar shares Mayakoba lead as wife caddies for Johnson

Paola Ditto
Novembre 9, 2018

Kuchar is another to be jetting to Sydney next week for the Australian Open followed by an appearance at the World Cup the following week in Melbourne.

Rickie Fowler ended the day at five under, with Tony Finau at two under and Jordan Spieth struggling at even par alongside Johnson after a wildly inconsistent round.

"If you're not driving it well, this course is extremely hard", said the seven-times PGA Tour victor. But he says he learns plenty by playing with Spieth at home.

Also at 65 were Bud Cauley as he returns from a vehicle accident at the Memorial in early June, defending champion Patton Kizzire, who made back-to-back eagles on the par-5 5th hole and by holing out on the par-4 6th, and Sydneysider Matt Jones.

Among those in the large group at 65 was Abraham Ancer, whose tie for fourth last week in Las Vegas moved him to No. 98 in the world. With his normal caddie already holding a scheduling conflict, Kuchar instead hired a local caddie to fill the void.

"She knows the deal of keeping up and staying out of the way", Kuchar added, "and I knew Zach would be happy to see a friendly face to take over the bag".

Johnson's caddie Damon Green was taken ill with four holes remaining, suffering in the Mexican heat, and Kuchar came to the rescue by recommending the watching Sybi.

"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".

Spieth was 2 under through eight holes until he dropped three shots over the next eight holes.

"If you're not driving it well, this course is extremely hard", Kuchar said.

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