McIlroy opens with 63 has Woods struggles in Mexico debut
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 22, 2019 08:51 AM
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits his second shot on the first hole during the final round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy nearly made a hole-in-one on the same short par 4 that Tiger Woods hit his first competitive shot in Mexico out-of-bounds. McIlroy kept right on rolling to an 8-under 63 for a one-shot lead Thursday in the Mexico Championship.
Woods opened with a double bogey and salvaged his round with an even-par 71.
McIlroy's only setback was trying to hit through the trees and catching one limb that led to a bogey on the par-5 sixth hole near the end of his round. He bounced back with a 20-foot birdie and wound up with a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson.
Justin Thomas, who lost in a playoff last year to Phil Mickelson, and Matt Kuchar were at 66.
Mickelson opened with a 79.