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McIlroy feeling better and takes 2-shot lead in Mexico


              Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the 16th hole in round one of the Mexico Championship at Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico...

              Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland gestures to fans with his club as he leaves the 9th hole after finishing round one of the Mexico Champ...

              U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson, center, walks with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, right, and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama between shots on th...

              Kevin Na, of the U.S., chips the ball on the 9th hole in round one of the Mexico Championship at Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, ...

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the 16th hole in round one of the Mexico Championship at Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico...

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland gestures to fans with his club as he leaves the 9th hole after finishing round one of the Mexico Champ...

U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson, center, walks with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, right, and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama between shots on th...

Kevin Na, of the U.S., chips the ball on the 9th hole in round one of the Mexico Championship at Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, ...

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy holed out from the 14th fairway for eagle on his way to a 6-under 65 on Friday to build a two-shot lead at the Mexico Championship.

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

His game looked better than ever.

In his first tournament in seven weeks because of a rib injury, McIlroy made six birdies and an eagle. He missed a 3-foot birdie on the last hole, but still led by two over Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas and Ross Fisher. Thomas had a 66, and Mickelson and Fisher each shot 68.

Mickelson played the final 15 holes with his brother, Tim Mickelson, on his bag because his regular caddie fell ill.

McIlroy was at 9-under 133. Dustin Johnson shot 66 and was three shots behind.


Updated : 2021-08-05 03:54 GMT+08:00