dglobalnews.com Soaring McIlroy takes lead at WGC-Mexico
Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Soaring McIlroy takes lead at WGC-Mexico

Soaring McIlroy takes lead at WGC-Mexico

"I didn't feel it at all so it's all positive".

"I tried to approach this week, not with low expectations, but just to see how it went", said the former world number one.

And when he also bogeyed the third, the four-time major victor found himself a shot behind Johnson and Mickelson, who had chipped in for a birdie on the first and picked up another shot after chipping in on the fourth.

While McIlroy can reflect on a sensational round that put him in pole position to win a third WGC event, he will reflect on disappointment at the 17th and 18th, as he dropped a shot on the penultimate hole and then missed a shot putt to get to ten under at the last.

However, it was the sublime expertise of Jordan Spieth on the turf that garnered the spotlight, as the American golfer hit "shot of the day" during round two on Friday.

Rory McIlroy has taken the lead at the WGC event in Mexico.

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Phil Mickelson, among six players to share the lead after the first round, followed up his opening 67 with a 3-under 68 and was in a three-way tie for second place with Ross Fisher (68) and Justin Thomas (66) at 135.

The recent back-to-back PGA Tour champion began the day three strokes off the pace and mixed a birdie at the second with a blemish at the seventh to reach the turn level-par.

Five-time major victor Phil Mickelson and J.B. Holmes share third at eight under.

Mickelson had earlier showed few ill effects after being forced to change his caddie early on day two, with Jim Mackay lasting just three holes before being forced to leave the course due to a stomach virus. He was joined by Daniel Berger (66) and Great Britain's Andy Sullivan, who also shot a 65.

"Through the first two days I have played well and my body feels good which is the most important thing, and if I can continue to play the way I have I have a great chance this week".

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