MacKenzie among six co-leaders at Mayakoba


The leaderboard remains crowded after one round in Mexico, as players vie for the final PGA Tour title of 2014. Here's how things look at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, where Will MacKenzie is among six sharing the early lead:

Leaderboard: Will MacKenzie (-6), Tony Finau (-6), Robert Garrigus (-6), Daniel Berger (-6), Hudson Swafford (-6), Steve Wheatcroft (-6), Davis Love III (-5), Pat Perez (-5), Brian Harman (-5)

What it means: No one was able to separate during the first round at El Camaleon, as six share the lead and 19 players are within a shot after the opening round. Among those at the top are four players in search of their first victory, while MacKenzie is in search of win No. 3 after losing a playoff just last month at the McGladrey Classic.

Round of the day: MacKenzie made the turn in 2 under then caught fire on No. 12, where he began a birdie-eagle-birdie stretch that was highlighted by a lengthy putt on No. 13. MacKenzie dropped only one shot on his round while hitting 15 of 18 greens in regulation, and as a result he's in contention to win for the second time in his last three starts.

Best of the rest: Berger is a rookie this season and started quietly with eight pars in his first nine holes. Once he made the turn, though, the 21-year-old made five birdies in a seven-hole stretch and joined Wheatcroft as the only co-leader to card his opening 65 without making a single bogey.

Biggest disappointment: It's hard to believe that more than two years have passed since Nick Watney last won on Tour, but he is now down to No. 109 in the world ranking and struggled mightily Thursday in Mexico. Watney played his first four holes in 3 over and made only a single birdie on the day, leading to a 6-over 77 that left him near the bottom of the overall standings.

Main storyline heading into Friday: At some point, someone will create a little distance from the chase pack - it's just a matter of who will make the move. MacKenzie and Garrigus are the most experienced currently at the top, but Finau and Berger are both playing with the can't-miss confidence of a player just finding his footing on the main stage. Lurking just one shot off the pace is Love, now 51 years young and coming off his first top-10 finish in more than a year (T-8, CIMB Classic).

Shot of the day: John Huh won here in 2012 and again wowed the crowds when his 8-iron from 159 yards found the target for a hole-in-one on the 15th hole. Huh also took home a new BMW 2 Series for his ace, and went on to shoot a 2-under 69.