Will Gordon up 1 shot at Mayakoba after firing 9-under 62

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Will GordonHe was disappointed by the way he ended last week in Bermuda. He was not unhappy with his start Thursday at Mayakoba.

Gordon had four birdies in a row to start the back 9 on El Camaleons course. He finished with a 9-under-62 to win by one stroke. Russell HenleyThe World Wide Technology Championship.

Harris EnglishHe was 64 when he took another step in his recovery from hip surgery. He was part of a group that also included former British Open champions. Francesco Molinari.

Positive signs were also noted by Masters champion. Scottie Scheffler.

Scheffler was not ranked No. Scheffler was unable to claim the No. At 65, Scheffler was also the two-time defending champion. Viktor HovlandScheffler was accompanied by, who enjoyed a balmy, sometimes breezy day at this Mexican resort.

Gordon had to return to Korn Ferry Tour last summer to regain a PGA Tour card. He thought he was off on a good start to the new season, making every cut. However, he was five behind when he reached Bermudas final round last week. He tied for 35th on the final four holes with a 4-over par score.

Gordon said, I just had a up-and-down weekend in Bermuda. I played a lot of good golf, probably 68 holes, and had a rough end. I didnt expect much going into this week. Its about managing my expectations. Today, I feel like that was a good job.

The field is strong at this time of year on the PGA Tour, especially Scheffler, who is a two-time major champion. Collin Morikawa(71), Hovland and Hovland are aiming for their third consecutive win at Mayakoba.

Everyone should aim to maintain the fairways lined with mangroves, manage the wind, and take advantage the relatively flat greens.

This could be just what English needs, especially with the good vibes of winning at Mayakoba 2013, when he was just getting his start.

English made a strong Ryder Cup debut to cap off a two-win season in 2021. Then he had surgery to repair his hip. It had been bothering him for years. After five months, he returned to the Memorial. Its been slow going.

English stated that its definitely improving. I went through a lot rehabilitation. Your expectations for me coming back are much higher than they should. I am so competitive and want to be part of the mix. You have to give yourself the time to heal and allow yourself to get back on track.

But I love it there. He said that he loves the atmosphere. Im excited about these next few days.

Scheffler rose to No. Scheffler rose to No. 1 in the world after he won four times in six starts. This was followed by the Masters. He lost in a playoff at Colonial. He had a good chance of winning the FedEx Cup, but he failed to convert on the last hole.

Scheffler is still playing in April, so he feels like he has a long way to go. Scheffler will play three out of four fall weeks to build momentum. Thursdays biggest takeaway was signing a card with no bogeys.

Scheffler stated, Clean card was nice. Kept it in play for most of the day today.

No. The exception was No. 3, his 12th, when he put the tee shot into a hazard. He was penalized and hit the next one to reach tap-in range to score par. There were many moments like that. Scheffler was able to score six birdies, and only a few anxious moments.

Solid golf can be fun. Scheffler stated that stress is not a problem.

Morikawa has six wins, including two majors, in his three years of touring. Morikawa is running out time to win in 2022. This week doesnt seem to be the right week to end the drought that saw four bogeys cancel his four birdies.

Tony FinauHe was heading that way. He made triple bogey on the second hole after twice hitting into a hazard. He bogeyed his par-5 fifth. He made six birdies and managed to salvage a 68.

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