It wasn’t the greatest of days for Graeme McDowell and Seamus Power who carded 70 (-1) and 72(+1) respectively at the Mayakoba Classic in Playa del Carmen on the PGA Tour.
The pair sit some way back from Matt Kuchar who’s opening 64 marks his lowest opening round on TOUR in 49 starts (644 days), and find him tied with Kramer Hickok who holds first lead/co-lead of his PGA TOUR career and Dominic Bozzelli, who needs a solo 3rd this week to satisfy his medical extension, at the head of proceedings on seven under par.
McDowell had a pretty even day with 3 birdies and two bogeys while Power’s was somewhat more adventurous, carding six bogeys and five birdies in a rollercoaster round.
Rickie Fowler, runner-up at the event last year, sits T19 at 5-under 66, while Jordan Spieth, making his first appearance at Mayakoba, offset four birdies with four bogeys to sit T91 at even-par 71.
Temperatures were pretty high and Damon Green, caddie for Zach Johnson (71/T91), suffered dehydration after 14 holes and could not continue. Sybi Kuchar, wife of Johnson’s playing partner Matt, stepped in and took the bag for the last four holes, during which Johnson made an eagle (No. 7).