McIlroy finds his form and surges ahead thanks to fantastic round
After announcing he wouldn't be playing at the Irish Open this summer, Rory McIlroy answered his critics by going out and tying his season-low score in the opening round at the WGC-Mexico Championship at Golf de Club Chapultelpec in Mexico City.
McIlroy fired seven birdies and an eagle, offset by one bogey, as he blitzed around the course in an eight-under par 63 to hold a one-shot lead after the opening round of the first World Golf Championship of the year.
Starting his round at the 10th, the Ulsterman wasted no time in getting some low scores on the board, birdieing the 11th and 12th before gaining further strokes at the 15th and 17th.
McIlroy's best shot of the day came at the par-four first, the 29-year-old cutting a perfectly struck two-iron right at the pin and missing a stunning hole-out for a hole-in-one by mere inches. He would, however, tap in for his eagle.
Further birdies followed on the 2nd and 4th before McIlroy dropped his only shot of the day when he found trouble off the tee on the par-five sixth.
However, he would finish on a high as he picked up his ninth shot of the day on the eighth, before closing out on the ninth with a par.
That means he holds that one-shot advantage heading into today's second round over World No.3 Dustin Johnson, who carded a seven-under par 64 that featured no dropped shots.
Matt Kuchar, who caused controversy for the amount he paid a stand-in caddie when he won a tournament in Mexico last November, is in a tie for third on five-under.