Kizzire Shoots 62, Takes Early Lead at OHL Classic


Patton Kizzire fired a 9-under 62 in the opening round of the OHL Classic, and holds an early three-shot lead in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Kizzire, who was 10 under after 17 holes, made his lone bogey at El Camaleon’s 18th hole to sign for a card one shy of Roland Thatcher’s (2008) course record-61.

Overall, the 31-year old Alabama native, and Auburn product, finished with 10 birdies, highlighted by six straight on hole Nos. 8-13.

“The strength of my game is putting and I gave myself a lot of opportunities. Had some really short birdie putts and then rolled in a few good ones. I just kept giving myself good looks at it,” said Kizzire, who finished T4 last week at the Shriners.

Vaughn Taylor birdied the final hole on Thursday to sign for a bogey-free 7-under 64, good for solo second.

“I played really well. Hit some good iron shots. Overall, I did everything pretty well,” said Taylor, a three-time Tour winner.

Tournament headliner Rickie Fowler didn’t disappoint the Mayakoba Resort golf fans, as the World No. 10 posted a tidy 6-under 65, and is just three back at T3.

“Got off to a solid start, made some good swings, got up and down to start the round and always nice to go bogey-free,” said Fowler, who is making his first career appearance at Mayakoba. “Always nice to start the year that way, just six birdies out there. I had one really good par save on my 11th, which is No. 2. Other than that, it was nice to start the year on a positive note.”

Tied with Fowler is little-known Brandon Harkins, who closed with four birdies over his final six holes, to get to 65. The California native has been impressive to start his rookie season, finishing T9 at the season-opening Safeway, and T20 last week in Vegas.

Retief Goosen and Fabian Gomez got in the clubhouse early with 5-under 66s. Four players in the afternoon wave matched the veteran duo, including Xin-jun Zhang, Austin Cook, Martin Piller, and Keith Mitchell, who started his day with an ace on the par-3 10th, hitting a 6-iron to 214 yards.

Defending champion Pat Perez, and PLAYERS champion Si Woo Kim, lead a logjam of 10 players at 4-under 68.


The Top 10 and ties after the opening round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

1 Patton Kizzire -9
2 Vaughn Taylor -7
T3 Rickie Fowler -6
T3 Brandon Harkins -6
T5 Retief Goosen -5
T5 Fabian Gomez -5
T5 Xin-jun Zhang -5
T5 Austin Cook -5
T5 Martin Piller -5
T5 Keith Mitchell -5


Round one highlights of the 2017 OHL Classic at Mayakoba, presented by the PGA Tour.


“I find that zone more at home than I do out here on the Tour, so I just tried to imagine being back home at my own course, Ocean Forest or Sea Island, and just playing with my buddies and trying to make as many birdies as I could.”
Patton Kizzire


The leaderboard after round one at El Camaleon Golf Club.

1Patton Kizzire-9
2Vaughn Taylor-7
T3Rickie Fowler-6
T3Brandon Harkins-6
T5Retief Goosen-5
T5Fabian Gomez-5
T5Xin-jun Zhang-5
T5Austin Cook-5
T5Martin Piller-5
T5Keith Mitchell-5
T11Chez Reavie-4
T11Patrick Rodgers-4
T11Scott Brown-4
T11Kevin Chappell-4
T11Ricky Barnes-4
T11Anirban Lahiri-4
T11Si Woo Kim-4
T11Pat Perez-4
T11John Huh-4
T11Carlos Ortiz-4
T21Matt Every-3
T21Gary Woodland-3
T21Ken Duke-3
T21Nick Taylor-3
T21Joel Dahmen-3
T21Rob Oppenheim-3
T21John Oda-3
T21Geoff Ogilvy-3
T21Kevin Streelman-3
T21Brian Gay-3
T21Ryan Armour-3
T21Russell Knox-3
T21Charles Howell III-3
T21J.J. Spaun-3
T21Benjamin Silverman-3
T36Whee Kim-2
T36Greg Chalmers-2
T36Brian Stuard-2
T36Emiliano Grillo-2
T36Chris Stroud-2
T36Jhonattan Vegas-2
T36Richy Werenski-2
T36Andrew Landry-2
T36Brice Garnett-2
T36Alex Cejka-2
T36Tyrone van Aswegen-2
T36Blayne Barber-2
T36Jason Kokrak-2
T36Graeme McDowell-2
T36JT Poston-2
T36Talor Gooch-2
T36Conrad Shindler-2
T36Oscar Fraustro-2
T36Adam Schenk-2
T36Tyler Duncan-2
T56Luke List-1
T56Martin Flores-1
T56Ryan Moore-1
T56Sang-Moon Bae-1
T56Tim Wilkinson-1
T56Hunter Mahan-1
T56Alex Kang-1
T56Corey Conners-1
T56Aaron Wise-1
T56Seamus Power-1
T56Bryson DeChambeau-1
T56Zach Johnson-1
T56Danny Lee-1
T56Derek Fathauer-1
T56Nicholas Lindheim-1
T56Jose Rodriguez-1
T56Beau Hossler-1
T73C.T. PanE
T73Nick WatneyE
T73Chesson HadleyE
T73Mackenzie HughesE
T73Abraham AncerE
T73Ethan TracyE
T73Nate LashleyE
T73Wyndham ClarkE
T73Cameron TringaleE
T73Troy MerrittE
T73Shawn StefaniE
T73Charley HoffmanE
T73Ben MartinE
T73Roberto DiazE
T73Sean JacklinE
T73Lanto GriffinE
T73Brett StegmaierE
T90Johnson Wagner1
T90David Lingmerth1
T90Patrick Reed1
T90J.J. Henry1
T90Javier Colomo1
T90Andrew Putnam1
T90Kyle Thompson1
T90Tom Hoge1
T90Matt Jones1
T90Zac Blair1
T90Steve Wheatcroft1
T90Camilo Villegas1
T90Peter Malnati1
T90Stewart Cink1
T90Jim Herman1
T90Jonathan Byrd1
T90Brian Davis1
T90Bronson Burgoon1
T108Billy Hurley III2
T108Aaron Baddeley2
T108Smylie Kaufman2
T108Sung-hoon Kang2
T108Ted Potter Jr.2
T108Matt Atkins2
T108Sam Ryder2
T115Mark Wilson3
T115Ernie Els3
T115Rory Sabbatini3
T115Brandon Hagy3
T115Sam Saunders3
T120Byeong Hun An4
T120Cameron Champ4
T120Andrew Yun4
T120D.A. Points4
T120Harris English4
T120Denny McCarthy4
T126Jason Bohn5
T126Jordan Niebrugge5
128Jon Curran6
T129Ze-cheng Dou7
T129Tom Lovelady7
T129Stephan Jaeger7
-Ryan BlaumWD

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