Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Justin Thomas makes LONG hole-in-one to tie WGC-Mexico lead

Justin Thomas makes LONG hole-in-one to tie WGC-Mexico lead

Rory McIlroy may be sick but the four-time major victor is the man to beat at the halfway stage after rising to the top of the WGC-Mexico Championship leaderboard by two strokes.

After failing to break par in the opening two rounds of the WGC-Mexico Championship, the two-time major champion hit the range and eventually the Internet.

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.

After producing a birdie at the 15th, McIlroy was three clear, a status reduced only because of missed putts from inside 4ft on the last two holes.

McIlroy made eagle with a nine-iron from 151 yards at the par-four 14th and would have enjoyed a commanding halfway lead had his putter not gone cold at the end.

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And McIlroy looked ideally placed to deliver on his part of the bargain after a second round of 65 at Chapultepec Golf Club left him two shots ahead of Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas and Ross Fisher, with Johnson a shot further back. "He is one of the best in the business".

"My body feels good, which is the most important thing I think, and if I can continue to play the way I have I've got a great chance this week". The Englishman's 65 moved him to six under par. "I hit it a little straighter today and then really just stayed aggressive".

The Northern Irishman, who's been out with a rib problem since January, fought off a bout of food poisoning in the first round of the WGC- Mexico championship to come up with this wonder shot to take the lead in the second round.

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