Berger tied for PGA lead in Mexico
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Daniel Berger had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch Thursday for a share of the lead in the OHL Classic.
Making his sixth PGA Tour start, Berger birdied Nos. 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7 and finished with two pars to match Will MacKenzie, Robert Garrigus, Steve Wheatcroft, Hudson Swafford and Tony Finau at 6-under 65 on Mayakoba's El Camaleon course.
"This is what we work so hard for, so it's great to get off to a good start, but got to keep it going," said Berger, the 21-year-old Florida State player who earned a PGA Tour card last season on the Web.com Tour.
The six-player tie is the largest after 18 holes since six players also topped the leaderboard in the 2013 St. Jude Classic.
The Greg Norman-designed course requires accuracy off the tee.
"I think I hit maybe two drivers all day," Berger said. "It's just kind of one of those courses where you've got to hit the fairway. Super tight off the tee, so just put it in play and you've got some birdie opportunities."
The long-hitting Finau hit driver only once.
"I'm still able to use my length by hitting 3-woods and 2-irons and moving it up the fairway still where most guys would have to hit driver," Finau said. "I definitely wasn't able to use my driver length, but I still use my length off the tee."
Fifty-year-old Davis Love III was at 66 in a group that included Aaron Baddeley, Charley Hoffman and Pat Perez.
OCHOA INVITATIONAL: At Mexico City, Christina Kim had two eagles in a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Kim eagled the par-5 second and 17th holes at tree-lined Club de Golf Mexico, the first-year venue after six seasons in host Lorena Ochoa's hometown of Guadalajara.
The 30-year-old Kim also birdied Nos. 4, 7 and 16 in her bogey-free round. She won the last of her two LPGA Tour titles in 2005.
Spain's Azahara Munoz was second. She eagled No. 17 to tie for the lead and dropped back with a bogey on the par-4 18th.
Third-ranked Lydia Ko birdied the final two holes for a 68. The 17-year-old New Zealander has two victories this year.