WGC-Mexico Championship - R3

Johnson powers to four shot lead in Mexico

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February 21-24
Chapultepec GC, Mexico City, Mexico
$10,250,000

Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Dustin Johnson will take a four shot lead into the final round of the WGC-Mexico Championship as he seeks a sixth World Golf Championships title at Chapultepec Golf Club.

“I think I’m doing just everything really well. I feel like I’m driving it well. I’m really controlling the distance well with the irons, and I just feel good. The putter is pretty good too. I mean, these greens are tricky. I feel like I keep giving myself great opportunities. Hopefully tomorrow I can capitalise on a few more.

“I played really well the front nine, even though I missed quite a few short birdie putts on the front nine. And on ten, I actually had a decent shot at the flag, I just misjudged the lie a little bit. I don’t know what happened, but it shot straight up in the air, and I did not think it was going to come out like that. Then a lot of stuff happened after that, but I ended up making a double. I didn’t let it bother me, because I knew I’m playing well, and I knew there was plenty of holes I could make birdies on. 

“I’m going to come out and play exactly how I have been playing the last three days. The guys behind me, I’ve got a lot of great players behind me. I’m going to have to go out and shoot a good score probably.”

The American is the only player to have won all four WGC crowns and has won this one twice in 2015 and 2017 – the first year it was played in Mexico City.

He led by six after eight holes in round three but had to recover from a double-bogey on the tenth – the first blemish on his scorecard in 57 holes – to post a 66 that moved him to 16 under, four clear of Rory McIlroy.

“Obviously, four shots behind DJ, it’s going to be a tall order to overcome,” said McIlroy. “I was happy with how I played the last ten holes, being one over through the first eight and then playing the last ten in four under was nice, I gave myself plenty of chances. 

“It was just end of the day, there was a lot of traffic on these greens. It’s hard to hole putts, and putts are sort of doing some different things. But, I need to get off to a better start tomorrow than I did today. If I can do that, hopefully I will be right back in it.

“I played the par fives better today. I played those in two under par, which I needed to. I just stayed patient. Being six shots off the lead after eight holes today, it was hard to stay patient, but I feel like my patience was rewarded. I made some good birdies coming in and I’m still four behind. It’s going to be tough, especially against DJ, who is arguably the best player in the world. So, I’m going to have to go out there and just play a good round of golf and hopefully that’s good enough.”


Americans Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Reed, Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Australian Cameron Smith were then seven shots off the lead as Sunday looked set to be a two-horse race between a pair of World Number Ones with five Major Championships between them.

Masters Champion Reed matched the lowest round of the day with a birdie-birdie-birdie finish in a 64 that also featured two eagles – including a chip-in on the par four second. Garcia placed the Green Jacket on Reed’s shoulders last Spring and he signed for a 69, while back-to-back Australian PGA Championship winner Smith carded a 68.

“It was definitely a solid day,” said Reed, “It was one of those days I needed to go out and post a number and try to close that gap a little bit. Even if it’s not to close the gap to win a golf tournament, it’s at least get up there as high as I can. Never know what can happen tomorrow.

“I’m naturally an aggressive player as it is, and I feel like I played pretty aggressively so far on this golf course. I just need to keep on kind of doing what I did today, hitting the ball solid and give myself a lot of chances.”

Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat and England’s Ian Poulter were at eight under, two shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood, David Lipsky, Louis Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Dustin Johnson
USA
-16
64
67
66
197
2
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-12
63
70
68
201
T3
Patrick Reed
USA
-9
72
68
64
204
T3
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-9
72
67
65
204
T3
Cameron Smith
AUS
-9
69
67
68
204
T3
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-9
69
66
69
204
T7
Ian Poulter
ENG
-8
68
68
69
205
T7
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-8
68
69
68
205
T9
David Lipsky
USA
-6
68
71
68
207
T9
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-6
72
66
69
207
T9
Tiger Woods
USA
-6
71
66
70
207
T9
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-6
70
65
72
207
T13
Paul Casey
ENG
-5
71
72
65
208
T13
Xander Schauffele
USA
-5
69
73
66
208
T13
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-5
71
67
70
208
T16
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
73
71
65
209
T16
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-4
72
70
67
209
T16
Gary Woodland
USA
-4
71
71
67
209
T16
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-4
67
70
72
209
T20
Danny Willett
ENG
-3
71
69
70
210
T20
Kevin Kisner
USA
-3
73
67
70
210
T20
Charles Howell III
USA
-3
69
68
73
210
T23
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-2
72
71
68
211
T23
Tony Finau
USA
-2
73
69
69
211
T23
Branden Grace
RSA
-2
71
71
69
211
T23
Keegan Bradley
USA
-2
69
73
69
211
T23
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-2
76
69
66
211
T23
Bubba Watson
USA
-2
70
75
66
211
T23
Richard Sterne
RSA
-2
69
68
74
211
T30
Brooks Koepka
USA
-1
73
70
69
212
T30
Patton Kizzire
USA
-1
69
73
70
212
T30
Rickie Fowler
USA
-1
71
73
68
212
T30
Aaron Wise
USA
-1
73
68
71
212
T30
Haotong Li
CHN
-1
69
72
71
212
T30
Joost Luiten
NED
-1
71
67
74
212
T30
Matt Kuchar
USA
-1
66
67
79
212
T37
Shugo Imahira
JPN
Par
73
67
73
213
T37
Justin Thomas
USA
Par
66
73
74
213
T37
Webb Simpson
USA
Par
73
72
68
213
T37
Kevin Na
USA
Par
72
75
66
213
T41
Abraham Ancer
USA
1
71
72
71
214
T41
Billy Horschel
USA
1
68
76
70
214
T41
Russell Knox
SCO
1
72
72
70
214
T41
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
1
72
68
74
214
T41
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
72
74
68
214
T46
Aaron Rai
ENG
2
70
74
71
215
T46
George Coetzee
RSA
2
67
74
74
215
T46
Matt Wallace
ENG
2
74
71
70
215
T46
Jake McLeod
AUS
2
70
69
76
215
T46
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
2
77
74
64
215
T51
Jon Rahm
ESP
3
72
72
72
216
T51
Phil Mickelson
USA
3
79
65
72
216
T51
Henrik Stenson
SWE
3
72
73
71
216
T54
Kyle Stanley
USA
4
73
72
72
217
T54
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
4
75
70
72
217
T54
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
70
77
70
217
T57
Shane Lowry
IRL
5
70
76
72
218
T57
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
5
76
73
69
218
T59
Ryan Fox
NZL
6
72
72
75
219
T59
Alexander Noren
SWE
6
71
74
74
219
T59
Jordan Spieth
USA
6
75
69
75
219
62
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
7
77
70
73
220
T63
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
8
75
73
73
221
T63
Marc Leishman
AUS
8
77
75
69
221
65
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
9
77
74
71
222
T66
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
10
75
72
76
223
T66
Chez Reavie
USA
10
75
76
72
223
T68
Tom Lewis
ENG
11
74
73
77
224
T68
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
11
76
76
72
224
70
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
14
80
79
68
227
71
Matthew Millar
AUS
17
74
82
74
230
72
Shaun Norris
RSA
19
79
80
73
232