WGC-Mexico Championship: Bryson DeChambeau one ahead, Rory McIlroy three back
American Bryson DeChambeau carded an eight-under-par 63 to take a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the WGC-Mexico Championship.
The 26-year-old leads on 11 under and submitted seven birdies in eight holes.
South African Erik van Rooyen equalled the track record with a 62 and shares on his 30th birthday second with Patrick Reed, that returned to some 63.
Rory McIlroy, two ahead overnight, made a slow beginning but two birdies left him three shots back into sixth.
World number four Justin Thomas, that has twice posted a 62 in the Club de Golf Chapultepec, picked up six shots in five holes after holing a 34-foot eagle putt at the very first and started .
Van Rooyen, fits Retief Goosen’s 2002 around for the lowest score and yet to win on the PGA Tour, had nine birdies at a bogey-free round.
Together with birdies McIlroy left a slow beginning to round two, hampered by some wayward drives and then a series of putts.
Following eight pars he bogeyed the ninth following a lie in a greenside bunker and though he birdied the 12th he gave the shot back by three-putting another. A towering iron to four feet at the 14th gave him another birdie and a few welcome long putts helped him into a round of 69.
Former Masters champion Reed was to eclipse him, however, a 20-foot putt at the 17th.
There is no cut, but winner Dustin Johnson remains down the field at five Graeme McDowell birdied the final however is eight over, although England’s Matt Wallace is also nine after 3 bogeys at a 77.