Kiwi Danny Lee leads Mayakoba Classic

Kiwi golfer Danny Lee is leading after a stellar first round at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico

New Zealand's Danny Lee leads the Mayakoba Classic by one stroke after firing a nine-under par 62 in the opening round.

South Korean-born Lee was out in 29 at the El Camaleon course in Mexico's Playa del Carmen, helped by an eagle on the fifth, and was 10-under after 13.

At that stage Lee had thoughts of shooting a sub-60 round, only to three putt from 15 feet on the 14th for his only bogey, before finishing with four pars.

"Definitely, it was in my head, 59 or 58," said Lee on pgatour.com.

"I have never shot that score out on the PGA Tour before, so I really wanted to make that happen.

"On 14, I had a less than 15-footer for birdie. Just one of those days I felt like I can make anything. I just gave it a little too much extra and hit it through the break and missed the next one coming back.

"I was a little bit bummed out on that one. But still, nine under is a great start."

American duo Adam Long and Brendon Todd are tied for second on eight under.

Jason Day and Aaron Baddeley are the best-placed Australians, sitting eight shots off the lead at one-under 70. Compatriots Matt Jones and Rhein Gibson are a further shot behind.