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WGC-Mexico Championship: Rory McIlroy stumbles but stays in title hunt

 

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a shot on the 16th hole during the second round of World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec on February 22, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a shot on the 16th hole during the second round of World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec on February 22, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy was knocked off top spot in the WGC-Mexico Championship last night following an eventful second round.

The Holywood ace had carded an eight-under 63 to take a one-shot lead after the opening round but he was unable to build on a stunning start when he resumed his glory bid.

McIlroy shot a one under par 70 to finish on nine under par alongside Matt Kuchar.

American Dustin Johnson, winner in 2017, is leading the charge on 11 under par.

McIlroy produced some early fireworks at Chapultepec, celebrating birdies on the first, second and fourth holes but a bogey on six and double bogey on the ninth hole brought him down to earth.

The 29-year-old world number eight then steadied the ship and pocketed a birdie on the par four 14th.

Sergio Garcia shot a brilliant 66 to return on seven under par for the tournament.

Tiger Woods, winner of 18 WGC titles from 1999-2013, also carded a 66 and sits on five under.

Ian Poulter is on six under par.

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