Johnson overcomes tree trouble for 4-shot lead in Mexico

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 24, 2019 07:59 AM
Johnson overcomes tree trouble for 4-shot lead in Mexico
Dustin Johnson hits the ball in the 5th hole on the third round of competition of the WGC-Mexico Championship at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dustin Johnson watched a six-shot lead shrink to two before putting together enough birdies Saturday for a 5-under 66 and a four-shot lead over Rory McIlroy in the Mexico Championship.

Johnson nearly threw away his big lead by hitting the trees three times on his way to a double bogey on No. 10. He answered with back-to-back birdies. McIlroy got no closer than two shots and had to settle for a 68.

No one else was closer than seven shots of the lead.

Tiger Woods pulled to within four shots after Johnson's blunder until a four-putt double bogey and a three-putt bogey on consecutive holes. Woods had a 70 and was 10 shots behind.

Johnson was at 16-under 197 as he goes for his 20th career PGA Tour victory.

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