WGC-Mexico Championship Round 1 Live Blog: Rory McIlroy fires steady 63 to grab solo lead at 8-under

Feb 21, 2019; Mexico City, MEX; Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the WGC - Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports

WGC-Mexico Championship Round 1 Live Blog: Rory McIlroy fires steady 63 to grab solo lead at 8-under

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WGC-Mexico Championship Round 1 Live Blog: Rory McIlroy fires steady 63 to grab solo lead at 8-under

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Rory McIlroy put together a stellar round of golf in the altitude of Mexico City Thursday in Round 1 of the WGC-Mexico Championship.

McIlroy finished with an 8-under 63 and held a one-stroke clubhouse lead over Dustin Johnson at Club De Golf Chapultepec. That score tied McIlroy’s lowest round of the season.

McIlroy birdied four of seven holes at one stretch on the front nine and was bogey-free on his first 14 holes. This success was in large part thanks to a sure and steady putter and hitting 17 of 18 greens in regulation.

“You’re not trying to take on shots you don’t need,” McIlroy said of his putting success.

His highlight was an eagle on the par-4 first hole, his 10th hole of the day. He drove past the pin on the 305-yard hole before sinking the 6-foot-2-inch putt.

Tiger Woods played in Mexico for the first time as pro Thursday.

Woods has 18 World Golf Championships victories on nine courses. He played with Bryson DeChambeau and Mexican golfer Abraham Ancer.

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