WGC-Mexico Championship R2

Rory McIlroy falls three shots behind leader Bryson DeChambeau

February 20-23
Chapultepec GC, Mexico City, Mexico
$10,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Rory McIlroy produced a strong finish to his second round at the WGC-Mexico Championship but still lost ground at Chapultepec Golf Club.

WGC-Mexico Championship R2 - DeChambeau takes lead
Rory McIlroy produced a late rally (Fernando Llano/AP)

The world number one held a two-shot overnight lead but, with low scoring the order of the day, the Northern Irishman found himself one over par 13 holes into his round.


Three birdies in the last five holes saw McIlroy sign for a two-under-par 69, with his eight under total three shots behind American leader Bryson DeChambeau.

“It was a lot of fun,” DeChambeau said after coming home in 29.

“Making those putts the way I did, striking the ball the way I did, it’s surely a joy out there.


“The confidence has got to be high. It is high and it’s a lot of fun to see putts finally going in. Overall everything is going pretty well, firing on all cylinders.”

Having kicked off his round with eight consecutive pars, McIlroy bogeyed the ninth but holed from 21 feet at the 12th to get the shot back.


A three-putt from 10 feet at the 13th cost him another dropped shot but the four-time major winner produced a superb approach at the 14th before holing from 16 feet at the 16th and 24 feet at the 17th to keep himself in contention.

“There’s a long way to go,” McIlroy said on quotes reported on the European Tour website.

“I just stayed patient and try to bide my time and made a couple of nice putts coming in, and I guess my patience was rewarded a little bit.”

DeChambeau made six gains in seven holes from the first – his 10th – en route to an eight-under 63 and 11 under halfway total.


That was one ahead of compatriot Patrick Reed (63) and South Africa’s Erik Van Rooyen, who equalled the course record with a flawless 62 on his 30th birthday.

“The first thing I told my wife this morning: ‘Man, I feel really old’,” Van Rooyen said in quotes reported on the European Tour website.

“But I guess I’m still quite young and what a way to kick off the 30th and shoot nine under. A little bit of a gift to myself.

“I’ve been working really hard on the game, as we all do, and things came together nicely today, so I’m happy.”

World number four Justin Thomas and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama share fourth on nine under after rounds of 66 and 64 respectively.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-11
68
63
131
T2
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-10
70
62
132
T2
Patrick Reed
USA
-10
69
63
132
T4
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-9
69
64
133
T4
Justin Thomas
USA
-9
67
66
133
6
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-8
65
69
134
T7
Paul Casey
ENG
-5
69
68
137
T7
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-5
71
66
137
T7
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-5
69
68
137
10
Corey Conners
CAN
-4
68
70
138
T11
Billy Horschel
USA
-3
68
71
139
T11
Bubba Watson
USA
-3
67
72
139
T11
Gary Woodland
USA
-3
70
69
139
T11
Kevin Na
USA
-3
71
68
139
T11
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
69
70
139
T11
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-3
68
71
139
T11
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
71
68
139
T11
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-3
70
69
139
T19
Abraham Ancer
USA
-2
70
70
140
T19
Ryan Fox
NZL
-2
72
68
140
T19
Zach Murray
AUS
-2
71
69
140
T22
Danny Willett
ENG
-1
73
68
141
T22
Jon Rahm
ESP
-1
72
69
141
T22
Lanto Griffin
USA
-1
72
69
141
T22
Shane Lowry
IRL
-1
72
69
141
T22
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-1
69
72
141
T22
Zander Lombard
RSA
-1
73
68
141
T28
Adam Scott
AUS
Par
74
68
142
T28
Branden Grace
RSA
Par
71
71
142
T28
Collin Morikawa
USA
Par
72
70
142
T28
Justin Harding
RSA
Par
71
71
142
T28
Kevin Kisner
USA
Par
73
69
142
T28
Matt Kuchar
USA
Par
75
67
142
T28
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
72
70
142
T28
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
Par
71
71
142
T36
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
73
70
143
T36
Brendon Todd
USA
1
72
71
143
T36
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
1
75
68
143
T36
Jason Kokrak
USA
1
73
70
143
T36
Scottie Scheffler
USA
1
73
70
143
T36
Shaun Norris
RSA
1
75
68
143
T42
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
2
75
69
144
T42
Chez Reavie
USA
2
71
73
144
T42
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
2
72
72
144
T42
Lucas Glover
USA
2
71
73
144
T42
Marc Leishman
AUS
2
74
70
144
T42
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
2
76
68
144
T42
Shugo Imahira
JPN
2
74
70
144
T42
Xander Schauffele
USA
2
72
72
144
T50
Brandt Snedeker
USA
3
76
69
145
T50
Lucas Herbert
AUS
3
75
70
145
T50
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
3
71
74
145
T50
Webb Simpson
USA
3
72
73
145
T54
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
4
70
76
146
T54
Cameron Smith
AUS
4
73
73
146
T54
Francesco Molinari
ITA
4
72
74
146
T54
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
4
73
73
146
T54
Kurt Kitayama
USA
4
76
70
146
T54
Sergio Garcia
ESP
4
74
72
146
T60
Dustin Johnson
USA
5
76
71
147
T60
Jordan Spieth
USA
5
74
73
147
T60
Scott Hend
AUS
5
72
75
147
T63
Charles Howell III
USA
7
75
74
149
T63
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
7
75
74
149
T63
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
7
76
73
149
66
Graeme McDowell
NIR
8
76
74
150
T67
Jorge Campillo
ESP
9
77
74
151
T67
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
74
77
151
T67
Victor Perez
FRA
9
81
70
151
T70
Ryo Ishikawa
JPN
10
80
72
152
T70
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
10
76
76
152
72
Taehee Lee
KOR
11
80
73
153