Chris Kirk shoots 8-under 63 to take lead at Mayakoba

Chris Kirk watches his drive from the sixth tee box during the Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Chris Kirk shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Kirk had four birdies on each nine in his bogey-free round on Mayakoba's Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course. He won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2015.

The former University of Georgia player has two top-10 finishes in three starts in the new PGA Tour season, opening with a tie for eighth at Silverado and tying for second in Mississippi.

Camilo Villegas, Gary Woodland and Ben Crane were tied for second.

Mexico's Abraham Ancer bogeyed the final hole for a 65. NCAA champion Aaron Wise also was 65 along with Webb Simpson, Scott Piercy, Kevin Streelman and Nicholas Lindheim.

Jim Furyk had a double bogey in a 74 in his first round of the season.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell opened with a 75.