Johnson opens 2-shot halfway lead in Mexico

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Mexico Metropolis – Dustin Johnson fired his second straight bogey-free spherical on Friday, a four-under par 67 that gave him a two-stroke lead over Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar on the WGC-Mexico Championship.

Johnson’s methodical method at Membership de Golf Chapultepec paid dividends as he overhauled first-round chief McIlroy on a day when 14-time main champion Tiger Woods moved into the highest 10 with a five-under 66.

“I’ve simply carried out a extremely good job with controlling my distance with my irons and giving myself quite a lot of seems to be at birdies,” stated Johnson, who had by no means earlier than in his US PGA Tour profession opened a match with two bogey-free rounds.

The 2017 WGC-Mexico champion stated he loved the problem of adjusting to the altitude.

“It makes you focus, you have to assume and also you’re doing quite a lot of calculations with the numbers, making an attempt to determine how far the ball goes to truly go,” he stated.

McIlroy, who opened Thursday with an eight-under par 63, picked up the place he left off with three birdies in his first 4 holes.

However he discovered the water for a bogey on the sixth after which made a double-bogey on the par-four ninth, the place he was 15 ft from the perimeter together with his second shot however wanted 4 putts from there.

He signed for a one-under 71 for nine-under 133. He was joined by Kuchar, who opened with 4 straight birdies in a four-under 67.

Spain’s Sergio Garcia and England’s Tommy Fleetwood have been tied for fourth on 135, Garcia posting a 66 and Fleetwood a 65 that began with back-to-back eagles on the first and second – each par-fours.

Fleetwood tied for low spherical of the day with Phil Mickelson, who had opened his title defence with a horrendous 79, solely to bounce again with a bogey-free 65.

Woods climbed the leaderboard with a five-under 66 that featured six birdies and an unlikely par at his ending gap, the par-four ninth.

In a fairway bunker off the tee, Woods produced a classic restoration shot, chopping a nine-iron round a tree, the ball spinning again some 20 ft towards the opening.

It left him an 11-foot birdie putt that lipped out.

“The ball was sitting down simply sufficient the place I did not assume I may clear the tree,” stated Woods, who first went for his eight-iron however determined it might come out too scorching.

“I went again to the nine-iron, I realised ‘I’ve actually obtained to slice this factor,'” he stated.

“I opened up and gave it as a lot of a reduce movement as I may and it labored out.”

Woods had made a scrambling begin to his spherical, rolling in a nine-footer for his first birdie on the 12th. He birdied 14 and obtained up and down for birdie from a greenside bunker at 15.

He gave a shot again at 17, however drained a 13-footer at 18 to make the flip three-under. He rolled in a 22-footer for birdie on the third and picked up one other shot on the fifth to face tied for eighth – six pictures off the lead – heading into the weekend.

Main second-round scores on Friday within the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship (USA until famous, par-71):

131 – Dustin Johnson 64-67

133 – Rory McIlroy (NIR) 63-70, Matt Kuchar 66-67

135 – Sergio Garcia (ESP) 69-66, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 70-65

136 – Cameron Smith (AUS) 69-67, Ian Poulter (ENG) 68-68

137
– Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 68-69, Richard Sterne (RSA) 69-68, Charles
Howell 69-68, Tiger Woods 71-66, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 67-70

138 – Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 72-66, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 71-67, Joost Luiten (NED) 71-67

139 – Jake McLeod (AUS) 70-69, Patrick Cantlay 72-67, David Lipsky 68-71, Justin Thomas 66-73

140 – Kevin Kisner 73-67, Patrick Reed 72-68, Erik van Rooyen (RSA) 72-68, Shugo Imahira (JPN) 73-67, Danny Willett (ENG) 71-69

141 – George Coetzee (RSA) 67-74, Aaron Sensible 73-68, Li Haotong (CHN) 69-72



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