Claxton Leads Mayakoba Golf Classic

While the top 64 players in the world are vying for the title in the $8.5 million WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona, the other members of the PGA Tour are in Mexico playing in the Mayakoba Golf Classic. The $3.7 million event began Thursday at the par-70 El Cameleon course in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Taking the first-round lead is Will Claxton. Starting on the 10th hole, the 30-year-old from Alabama carded a birdie on his front nine then ran off four straight birdies on the 11th-14th holes. Claxton is making his sixth start on the PGA Tour.

Scores were generally high in the opening round due to windy conditions. One stroke back were Charles Howell III, Greg Owen, John Huh, Marc Turnesa, Alejandro Canizares, Matt Every and Mark D. Anderson.

Eight players shot a 68 to share ninth place.

Nick Price, a regular member of the over-50 Champions Tour, was one of 11 players posting 69s. Price managed to deal with the wind better than most. "The wind can blow pretty hard here, especially this time of year, so you have to take that into account," said Price.

"I think the way the wind blows the hardest here is from north, you know, east and southeast. Those are really the strong wind directions. But basically south and east is where the wind blows from pretty hard here. So that's what you take into account."

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