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Six-way tie at WGC, stomach bug doesn't upset McIlroy

Six-way tie at WGC, stomach bug doesn't upset McIlroy

Lee Westwood spoke about his "ballistic" ball after bogeying the final two holes to fall into a share of the lead with Phil Mickelson and four others after the first round at the WGC-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City on Thursday.

McIlroy got 14 hours of sleep to help overcome a stomach virus and said he was feeling better after the second round.

"Let's say I hit it 170 here, if I want to get a little more out of it, I can get 10-to-15 more yards, I can hit it 180, 185". "I had a bit more pep in my step", McIlroy said. It wasn't a case of me just getting through the round today, it was more to do with building on a score if I already had.

Not only is McIlroy playing for the first time in nearly two months, but he's also been dealing with a barrage of criticism ever since playing a round with President Trump a few weeks ago. Mickelson's younger brother, Tim, assumed caddie duties from thereon and did a fine job; the five-times major champion posted a 68 to move to seven under par.

"Hopefully I can keep it going and I'll take things as they come".

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"I think it's nice to get to play four rounds, see where my game is, take the week off next week, reassess - how's my body feel, how's my game feel - and then from there I can start to think about the Masters and think about what I really need to do to get ready for Augusta", he said. Johnson missed six putts from less than 6 feet in the round. "I didn't feel it at all so it's all positive".

That was about the time Walker reached 6 under with a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole. He had two early bogeys and had to rally to get back to 71.

There was to be a blemish on the Northern Irishman's scorecard on the 12th and 17th holes, however, as he dropped shots on both to ensure that things remain tight heading into round three. "I'm kicking myself because I missed a couple of short ones coming in, but overall I'm in a good spot and looking forward to being in contention over the weekend". "I've been hitting the ball well all year, just not been putting that great", said the European Ryder Cup player.

For all that length, no one could do better than 67, and only 27 players in the 77-man field broke par.

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.


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