Playa del Carmen - Patton Kizzire shot a nine-under-par 62
to grab the first-round lead at the PGA Tour's OHL Classic on Thursday.
The 31-year-old American rolled in 10 birdies and had his
only blemish with a bogey at the 18th hole to leave him with a two-shot lead
over Vaughn Taylor.
Kizzire, who is seeking his first win on the Tour, finished
tied for fourth last week in Las Vegas, closing with a final-round 64 that
included birdies on four of the last five holes.
Kizzire stormed up the leaderboard on Thursday with six
straight birdies from Nos. 8 to 13 and needed 25 putts in his career-low round.
He tied the tournament record held by Fred Funk for the lowest first-round
Taylor had five birdies and an eagle in his bogey-free round
to grab sole possession of second place. He is one stroke ahead of four-time
PGA Tour winner Rickie Fowler and Brandon Harkins.
Fowler, who is competing for the first time since the
Presidents Cup, is the highest ranked player in the field at No. 10. He had
three birdies on each side in his bogey-free round, while rookie Harkins closed
with four birdies over his final six holes.
South Africa's Retief Goosen, a two-time US Open champion,
led a group of six players in a tie for fifth place at five-under 66. Goosen is
looking for his first win since 2009.
Among the players bunched with Goosen was rookie Keith
Mitchell, who started his round with a flourish with a hole-in-one on his first
shot at the par-three 10th hole.
Defending champion Pat Perez opened with a 67 and was in a
10-player tie five shots off the pace. John Huh, the 2012 tournament winner,
also carded a 67.
Scores after Thursday's first round of the USPGA Tour's OHL Classic (par-71, USA unless noted):
62 - Patton Kizzire
64 - Vaughn Taylor
65 - Rickie Fowler, Brandon Harkins
66 - Austin Cook, Fabian Gomez (ARG), Retief Goosen (RSA), Martin Piller, Keith Mitchell, Zhang Xinjun (CHN)
67 - Ricky Barnes, Scott Brown, Kevin Chappell, John Huh, Kim Si-Woo (KOR), Anirban Lahiri (IND), Carlos Ortiz (MEX), Pat Perez, Chez Reavie, Patrick Rodgers