Leonard shares lead at OHL Classic at Mayakoba


Thanks to opening rounds of 6-under 65, four players – Justin Leonard, Aaron Baddeley, Shawn Stefani and Derek Fathauer – share the lead at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Leaderboard: Leonard (-6), Baddeley (-6), Stefani (-6), Fathauer (-6), Michael Thompson (-5), D.J. Trahan (-5), Charles Howell III (-5), Patton Kizzire (-5)

What it means: Leonard, the 12-time PGA Tour winner and 43-year-old who’s looking to scale back his competitive schedule, last won on Tour in 2008. Baddeley hasn’t had quite the same drought, but the last of his three victories was in 2011. Stefani has two runner-up finishes in his career, including one at this event last year. Fathauer was the 2014 Web.com Tour Championship winner and is back on Tour after a disappointing rookie season. He once again earned his card via the Web.com Finals.

Round of the day: Leonard and Fathauer were both bogey-free, while Baddeley and Stefani dropped one shot each. Baddeley made seven birdies, as Stefani made five plus an eagle at the par-5 13th.

Best of the rest: Thompson, Howell, Trahan and Kizzire all sit one stroke back. Howell (CIMB) and Trahan (Sanderson Farms) are both coming off T-10 finishes in their previous events. But the hottest player among that group is Kizzire, who's started the 2015-16 season with a T-2 at the Shriners and a T-4 at Sanderson Farms.  

Biggest disappointment: The last two OHL champions got off to sluggish starts. Charley Hoffman traded three birdies with three bogeys for an opening round of even-par 72. Harris English was one shot worse and a touch more erratic, making six birdies, four bogeys and triple-bogey 8 at the par-5 fifth.

Shot of the day: Geoff Ogilvy went out in 33 thanks in part to this 25-foot eagle putt in the rain at No. 5.

Unfortunately, he bogeyed five holes on his inward half to post 1-over 72. He putted with his wedge on 18 after breaking his flatstick in frustration the hole prior.

Quote of the day: “It just kind of has a hometown feel for me, even though we’re down in Mexico. I love it here, I loved it here last year and we’ll probably come back here every year.” – Stefani, a native of Baytown, Texas

Storyline to watch this week: Graeme McDowell and Keegan Bradley – two major champions who are both coming off difficult seasons and are actually in the beer business together – are both in the early mix after rounds of 4-under 67.