Todd, Taylor share lead at Mayakoba Golf Classic

Tanya Simon
November 18, 2019

"It was a small dash, a different way it was marked that would have been easy to overlook", said PGA Tour rules official Brad Fabel, according to PGATour.com's Cameron Morfit.

Todd birdied the par-3 fourth, par-5 seventh and par-4 ninth and 12th holes to stay on top but could only par the 13th and took a bogey at 14 in the twilight before stopping on the 15th green alongside Taylor.

"I was just trying to shove it up there close and it went in", English said.

While his playing partners raced to the 18th tee so they could finish, Ortiz decided against teeing off on the final hole due to the darkness.

"The whole point was to get in contention in the last nine holes", Ortiz said. All three of them are still in the mix heading to the Monday finish. "I think I have a really good chance for tomorrow and I'm pretty proud the way I played".

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The last player to win consecutive Tour events was Bryson DeChambeau, who was victorious in the first two events of the 2018 FedEx Cup Playoffs at The Northern Trust and Dell Technologies Championship. Fighting the full-swing yips, Todd plummeted down the world ranking and lost his status the last three seasons.

Taylor is seeking his fourth TOUR title and first since the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Kuchar made a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole in the final round while USA compatriot Brian Gay aced the par-3 10th hole. Now it's the penultimate tournament before the PGA Tour takes its short winter break before resuming in Hawaii, and a win would send English to Kapalua with the rest of the year's winners. Two of those came this season, a pair of T4s at the Sanderson Farms Championship and Houston Open.

English hasn't won since Mayakoba in 2013, when it was the final tournament of the year. Todd finished the week at 20-under, one shot clear of Vaughn Taylor, who began Monday morning tied with Todd, Carlos Ortiz and Adam Long. He's coming off a feast-or-famine season in which he won The American Express but had just one other top-10 finish, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.

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