DINAS MEXICO – Dustin Johnson watched a six-shot leader to two away two before preparing enough Saturday birds for 5 under 66 and four squares over Rory McIlroy going to the World Championships of the World Championships – the Mexican Championship.
Johnson gave his leader six away through eight holes when McIlroy transported a 35-foot bird on No. 9, and then Johnson got into some serious tree trouble on the 10th hole. He hit wood with three consecutive blows and he had to have two bottles across the green to save a double bogey.
This was his first score worse than at Chapultepec Golf Club this week.
And he was his last day.
"I did not let me worry because I knew I was playing well and there were plenty of holes that I could make a birdie," said Johnson.
Johnson replied with two straight birds, combining two birds around a great occasion, and restoring a cushion going to Sunday. McIlroy had no more than two shots throughout the day and he had to settle for 68.
Nobody else was closer than the leader's seven shots.
Tiger Woods was pulled in four blocks after Johnson's shame, but his hope ended on the green.
Woods had 5 iron from the center of the rest on the 5th century, and put it into a bunker, blown weak to 25 feet and four for a double bogey, with & # 39; The last three points of just outside 3 feet.
That followed with three-push bogey on the 16th, and birdie on the last hole gave him 70. Woods, which hit 16 greens regulated, was 10 shots behind and had no fun to talk to anyone after the round.
Johnson, the only player to collect the four World Golf Championships, goes for his sixth title WGC and his 20th career victory on the TOUR PGA, which would make him a member of the age 34 years old.
McIlroy did his best to hang around. He made the back marshes on the top nine he gave him six behind, and then ranged from three straight birds to close the gap. He was losing a 3 foot pitch on the 14th hole and suddenly sent a high order for Sunday.
It's even tougher to everyone else.
The champion of Patrick Reed completed with three hooks to 64 and was in the seven-shot group back with Patrick Cantlay (65), Sergio Garcia (69) and Cameron Smith (68).
Reed bird's bird began and losing enough short buses. He said he would need so many opportunities on Sunday and even better score.
"It will take a very special day tomorrow," said Reed. "I do not think that 7 people are going to do it. I think it will take at least 10 (under) to even 59 depending on how & # 39 ; n finish the day. "
Johnson has a two-shot leader to start the third round for McIlroy and Matt Kuchar, with hopes for a PGA TOUR combat with 79. Johnson accepted the second hole, when a driver drove over the trees on the hole 367 -and, and I hoped on the green for 4 feet and made the puzzle for the eagle.
He transported a 10-foot bird on No. 5 and kept looking at middle-level birdie attempts not made.
The 10th hole was only a pour.
Johnson knocked the driver off the tea into the wood and got a reasonable gap through the wood. But his lob came out loudly, hit a tree and bounced into the bushes. Johnson was able to get a free reduction from spray line, but was not good for him. His shot struck out softly and hit a tree tree, rolling into the bushes. He did well to beat the whistle of the bunker and to the left side of the green.
McIlroy broke her drive and transported a wedge into a short range for birdie, making it a two-shot swing.
It was just as close as Johnson came, who is ready to win for the second time in four weeks after his victory in Saudi International.
Then again, Johnson had a leader in six HSBC Champions in Shanghai at the end of 2017 and wandered and pulled the TOUR PGA record for the 54-largest leader lost in the final. It has a 4-3 record on the PGA TOUR when it leads.
"D.J. plays very well, and he seems comfortable at this golf course, it will be very difficult to beat," said McIlroy. "Yfory I'll have to go out there and I'm probably going to shoot something similar to what you missed the first day (63) to have an opportunity."