Rory McIlroy apparently plays dynamic golf when he’s not at 100 percent. It would be one thing to bounce back from fractured ribs and just make it through the WGC-Mexico, but he’s also battling a stomach bug.
And after Round 2, McIlroy is in the lead.
Oh, there’s also that little pressure of the No. 1 world ranking staring McIlroy in the face as well. He does need Dustin Johnson to finish fifth or worse, but it’d be a moot point if he doesn’t take care of his own business either way.
While he wasn’t perfect, missing a few putts along the way, the four-time major champion holed out an eagle for the second straight round – this one from 156 yards out on the fourteenth. McIlroy ended up shooting a 6-under 65 to take a two-shot lead at 9-under overall.
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The scary thing is that McIlroy thinks he can play better right now, saying, “Look, I’m in a great position. But I felt like I could have been a few more ahead.”
Not only is McIlroy playing for the first time in almost 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. Also factor in the stomach issues this week, which he tried to remedy with 14 hours of sleep, and McIlroy is showing some serious mental toughness.
His game is shining too.
And make no mistake about it, McIlroy isn’t just here to mess around, saying, “I wasn’t just trying to get through the round today. I was trying to build on the score that I had, and it was nice to feel like that again.” He also added:
I would have taken a 65 starting today and I definitely would have taken a two-shot lead going into the weekend, so I’m in a great position. 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.”
The final two rounds will not be easy though as Phil Mickelson, Ross Fisher, and Justin Thomas are right on McIlroy’s tail, trailing by just two shots. Either way, the weekend should produce more exciting golf at the WGC-Mexico Championship.