Taylor, Todd tied for lead as play suspended at Mayakoba Classic
Vaughn Taylor and Brendon Todd were tied for the lead at 20-under par on Sunday when the final round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic was suspended due to darkness.
Taylor and Todd were through 14 holes at El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, when play was suspended at 6:11 p.m. local time.
Fellow American and Friday's leader Harris English, the 2014 champion, was one shot back at 19 under and will have a putt on 15 to share the lead when play resumes at 7:30 a.m. Monday. English, 30, who posted back-to-back birdies before play was called, is aiming to become the tournament's first repeat winner and second to win on a sponsor exemption in 2019.
Meanwhile, Todd is gunning to become the first player to record back-to-back PGA Tour wins since 2018. Todd ended a five-year win drought Nov. 3 at the Bermuda Championship for his second career PGA title. Earlier Sunday, the 34-year-old Pittsburgh native posted a 6-under 65 in the third round for his eighth straight score in the 60s.
"I feel great about my game," Todd told The Golf Channel following play Sunday. "I feel real happy to have a chance to win this tournament coming off a win in Bermuda and I'm excited to tee it up tomorrow and see if we can get another ‘W.'"
Taylor, 43, playing in the tournament for the seventh time, had carded four birdies and no bogeys when play was called. He posted a third-round 67 earlier on Sunday and is looking for his fourth PGA tour title and first since 2016.
Mexico's Carlos Ortiz, who recorded a third-round 65 in the morning, moved into a tie for third with Taylor at 19 under after rebounding from a double bogey at No. 1 with seven birdies and stands at 19 under through 17 holes Sunday. He will play No. 18 Monday.
"The whole point was to get in contention in the last nine holes," Ortiz said in comments published on PGATour.com. "I'm in contention with one hole to play. So, I mean, that's also the position I took of not finishing. I think I have a really good chance for (Monday), and I'm pretty proud the way I played."
Defending champion Matt Kuchar posted a third-round 73 earlier in the day, but he made a substantial move on the leaderboard during his final round when he aced the par-3 eighth hole from 148 yards with a 9-iron en route to a bogey-free 62. Kuchar finished at 12-under 272 and currently stands tied for 14th. After winning last year, Kuchar found himself embroiled in controversy for paying his Mexican fill-in caddie what was generally considered a paltry sum. The veteran later upped his payment to the caddie.
After rain and thunderstorms wiped out Thursday's opening round, tournament organizers attempted to play the final two rounds on Sunday, with threesomes teeing off from Nos. 1 and 10. The last Monday finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic was in 2015, when Graeme McDowell defeated Russell Knox and Jason Bohn in a playoff.
The Mayakoba Golf Classic is the penultimate PGA Tour event this year, with the final tournament next week at Sea Island on the Georgia coast.
--Field Level Media
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