Merrick heads field; Larry Mize tied for 2nd

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) -- John Merrick capped a 6-under 64
with a 50-foot birdie putt on the final hole to take the lead after the first round of the Mayakoba Classic. Merrick opened the event with a 64 last year but faded to finish tied for 48th.

He enjoys a one-shot lead over Augusta native, Larry Mize and three others. John Daly is in a group at 66.

Course designer Greg Norman was in contention until he double bogeyed 16 and three-putted for bogey on 17. He's shot a 70.

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