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Opening ace propels Mitchell at Mayakoba

Keith Mitchell in the Tour's 2017 DAP Championship
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It's tough to top the manner in which Keith Mitchell started the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Beginning on the par-3 10th hole, Mitchell holed a 6-iron from 200 yards for an ace with his very first shot of the week. Per the PGA Tour, it's just the fourth ace to start a round since 2002 and the second to start an opening round, joining Thomas Aiken who pulled off the feat on the same hole back in 2015.

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Mitchell went on to birdie the next hole and only had one par over his first six holes on El Camaleon. Thanks to three birdies over his final six holes, he carded a 5-under 66 to join a share of third place early in the opening round, one shot behind Rickie Fowler and four shots behind leader Patton Kizzire.

Mitchell notably missed out on securing his PGA Tour card on the last hole of the regular season, but he bounced back to secure status at Tour Finals. The 25-year-old rookie missed the cut in each of his first three starts this season, including last week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.