Kiwi Lee fires sizzling 62 to seize one-stroke PGA Mexico lead

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – New Zealand’s Danny Lee, seeking his first US PGA Tour title in more than four years, fired a nine-under-par 62 on Friday to grab the first-round lead at the Mayakoba Classic.

The 29-year-old South Korean-born player made eight birdies and an eagle against a lone bogey in jumping to the top of the leaderboard at Playa del Carmen, Mexico, after play was entirely rained out on Thursday.

Americans Brendon Todd and Adam Long shared second on 63 with a US pack of Vaughn Taylor, Mark Hubbard, Zach Johnson and Chris Baker on 64 and Americans Billy Horschel and Harris English on 65.

Lee opened with a birdie, made another at the par-three fourth and then eagled the par-five fifth hole before running off a streak of three birdies in a row from the sixth through eighth holes.

Lee ran off another three in a row from the 11th to par-five 13th holes before a three-putt bogey at 14 and four closing pars.

“For some reason, starting from three, my game felt really good,” Lee said, noting how he has changed his swing to add driving distance.

“The new swing is working into my body now. I’m feeling better with all my clubs and wedges. It has been showing me a lot of good results.”