Golf: McIlroy two ahead despite short misses

 04 Mar 2017 - 22:29


Mexico City: Rory McIlroy proved better at holing out from the fairway than making short putts on his way to a two-stroke lead after the second round at the WGC-Mexico Championship in Mexico City on Friday.
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.
The Northern Irishman missed a four-foot par putt at the 17th hole and then horseshoed-out from three feet at the last for a six-under-par 65 at Club de Golf Chapultepec.
"Starting the day I would have taken 65, but I feel like I could have been a few more ahead," said McIlroy after posting a nine-under 133 total.
Americans Phil Mickelson (68) and Justin Thomas (66) and Englishman Ross Fisher (68) were equal second on seven-under, with world number one Dustin Johnson (66) among a trio one stroke further back.
Four-times major champion McIlroy, 27, is playing just his second event of the year, after missing six weeks due to a rib injury.
"I tried to approach this week, not with low expectations, but just to see how it went," said the former World  No.1.