Rory McIlroy's lead evaporates as world number one Dustin Johnson signals intent

Posted March 05, 2017

Rory McIlroy may be sick but the four-time major victor is the man to beat at the halfway stage after rising to the top of the WGC-Mexico Championship leaderboard by two strokes.

There has been no shortage of entertaining and incredible moments this week at the WGC-Mexico Championship - from Phil doing the most Phil things we've seen this year to Dustin Johnson hitting 322-yard 2 iron shots.

Playing in his first tournament since mid-January after being sidelined with a rib injury, McIlroy recorded an eagle for the second straight day to go with six birdies in moving to 9-under 133 through 36 holes.

Not only is McIlroy playing for the first time in nearly two months, but he's also been dealing with a barrage of criticism ever since playing a round with President Trump a few weeks ago.

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Former world number one McIlroy broke his round open with a thrilling eagle on the par-four 14th hole.

Mickelson had earlier showed few ill effects after being forced to change his caddie early on day two, with Jim Mackay lasting just three holes before being forced to leave the course due to a stomach virus.

Fortunately for Mickelson, his brother Tim had been alerted to the problem and was on hand to take over on the bag as his sibling looked to remain in contention for a third World Golf Championship title. "I've been hitting the ball well all year, just not been putting that great", said the European Ryder Cup player. "He is one of the best in the business. My body is in great condition and if I keep playing well, I have a chance going into the weekend".

He's a good player in his own right, a scratch player who understands the game and has caddied for many top players.