Tournament Leaders and Notes
Russell Knox carded a six-under (65) and leads four golfers who shot minus five (66) in the first round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.
In addition, seven golfers are T-6 and only two strokes back at (-4). Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz is among the golfers at (-4) while fellow countryman Abraham Ancer is T-70 as he shot a disappointing +1 (72) in Round 1.
Knox has had some great finishes at the Mayakoba and was asked about it in his post-round interview session: “I guess it's the tequila and tacos,” he said for a laugh. “Obviously I love the course. It sets up well for me. I mean, historically, my driving accuracy and iron play's been my strength, so that's kind of the key things that this course brings out in you. Yeah, I mean, if I can keep doing that, we should be all right.”
Former amateur just turned pro, Andy Ogletree shot a two-under (69) and is T-20 in his first professional round ever.
Mayakoba Golf Classic Leaderboard
Russell Knox - 65 (-6)
Four golfers are tied (T-2nd) at - 66 (-5)
Seven players are tied (T-6th) - 67 (-4)
Full Leaderboard after 18 Holes (link)
What They’re Saying
Niemann Donating Winnings to Relative in Need (USA Today)
Ricky Fowler’s Crazy Ride (Golf World)
PGA Tour pledges $500M to HBCUs (Golf Channel)
PGA Tour Holiday Gift Guide (PGA Tour com)
And, don’t forget a high-value subscription to PGA Tour Brunch at a special rate:
Mayakoba Golf Classic
COURSE: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
ARCHITECT: Greg Norman
YARDS/PAR: 7,017 yards/Par 71
PRIZE Money/First Place Winnings: $7,200,000/$1,296,000
DEFENDING Champion: Brendon Todd (Past Results link)
PAST HISTORY of Event: (link)
FEDEx CUP Points/Winner Share: 2,989/500
TV Coverage: Friday-Saturday (2pm-5pm EST) - GOLF Channel; and Sunday final (1:00pm-4pm EST) on NBC
PGA Tour Radio Coverage: Fri (11am-5pm EST); Sat (12 Noon-5pm EST) and Sunday final (11am-4pm EST)
The Field (132 players As of Dec. 2, 2020) - (link)
Note: David Hearn dropped out (Wed) and Ben Taylor replaced him in the field.
Tee Times for Round 2 on Friday
They’ll start at 7:10am (EST) again with Sam Ryder, Maverick McNealy and Tom Hoge tee-it-up on No. 1 while Adam Schenk, Harry Higgs and Jhonattan Vegas go off No. 10.
Full Tee Times (be sure to click on Round Two (link)
They’re playing at the Dubai Championship too. (link)