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Dustin Johnson edges clear in Mexico

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Dustin Johnson opened up a two shot lead heading into the weekend at the WGC-Mexico Championship but he had a host of European Tour stars chasing him down at Chapultepec Golf Club.

The American stretched his bogey-free run in Mexico City to 48 holes with a 67 that moved him to 11 under, with fellow American Matt Kuchar and four time Major Championship winner Rory McIlroy his nearest challengers.


Johnson shared, “I just hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens. My speed has been pretty good with the putter. The greens were really tricky, and I had some really tough flights today, but I have just done a really good job with controlling my distance with my irons and giving myself a lot of looks at birdies.

“I just enjoy playing this kind of golf. It makes you focus. You’ve got to think and you're doing a lot of calculations with the numbers and trying to figure out how far the ball is going to actually go. I like this golf course. It does set up well for me. It's pretty narrow, but it's treelined, so I do like that.”

England's Tommy Fleetwood carded a 65 to sit at seven under alongside Spaniard Sergio Garcia, one shot clear of England's Ian Poulter and Australian PGA Championship winner Cameron Smith.

Saudi International powered by SBIA champion Johnson is the only player to have won all four World Golf Championships titles and has claimed this one twice, including its first staging in Mexico City two years ago.

Fleetwood made a spectacular start, driving the first green and pitching in at the second to become the first player in ten years to begin his round eagle-eagle on the European Tour. A 21-foot putt on the eighth helped him turn in 30 and he capitalised on the par fives on the back before surrendering a three-putt on the 17th.

Tiger Woods carded a 66 with six birdies and a bogey to get to five under but his round will be remembered for his second shot on the ninth. The 14 time Major Championship was in a bunker and blocked out but hit an outrageous slice around the trees and saw his ball hop right and finish 11 feet from the hole.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Tyrrell Hatton, Charles Howell III and Richard Sterne were also six shots off the lead.