Justin Thomas bounces in ace at WGC-Mexico Championship

Jordan Spieth showed his creative talents with back-to-back chip-ins during the second round

The big-hitting American picked up an eagle and two birdies on his front nine to climb to 10-under-par, now a shot ahead of the world No.3 McIlroy.

The only real disappointment in McIlroy's round was at the last when his birdie attempt from three feet horse-shoed on him for a closing par. "Going out starting the day I would have taken a 65 but I had a great chance for birdie on 16, three-putt 17 and then miss from short range on 18".

Sam Brazel is now the leading Australian at one under courtesy of his two under score through 15 holes.

"Look, I'm in a great position", said McIlroy, "but I felt like I could have been a few more ahead".

"I'm taking next week off to see how everything reacts and responds so this was the logical place to come back".

Justin Thomas is having a very good year.

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Mickelson, who played with his brother on his bag after Jim Mackay left due to the flu, is joined by Thomas and Englishman Fisher at seven under.

A stunning performance from the Northern Irishman in recording 65 on the outskirts of Mexico City on Friday assured him of a two-stroke lead at the first WGC event of 2017.

"You can't replace somebody like Bones", Phil said.

"It is a hard course to walk and it is hilly, and he also had two knees done on the off-season but that's not the issue as he has just not been feeling well". "My body feels good, which is the most important thing I think". He does need Dustin Johnson to finish fifth or worse, but it'd be a moot point if he doesn't take care of his own business either way. Andy Sullivan is a shot better off while Martin Kaymer, Matt Fitzpatrick, Joost Luiten and Lee Westwood are in strong positions for the weekend.

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