Here’s what you missed from Round 3 at the WGC-Mexico

February 23, 2019

With 18 holes left to play at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City, Dustin Johnson leads by four over Rory McIlroy, and by seven shots over the four players tied for third.

Here’s everything you missed from Round 3 of the WGC-Mexico.

Dustin Johnson notched his 20th career Tour win in Mexico on Sunday.
Dustin Johnson notched his 20th career Tour win in Mexico on Sunday.
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DJ increased his lead

He trailed by on after Thursday’s round, led by two after Friday’s round, and now Dustin Johnson leads by four shots with 18 holes left to play.

He had an auspicious start to his third round, finding the green off the tee on the par-4 2nd hole to set up an easy eagle. But after playing 45 bogey-free holes, disaster finally struck on No. 10, where a drive into the right rough set up a few shots’ worth of tree trouble, and eventually a double bogey. DJ recovered quickly though, carding four more birdies over his next seven holes.

A win this week would make No. 20 for DJ ‘s PGA Tour career, and would tie him for 34th on the Tour all-time wins list.

Patrick Reed had the round of the day

Powered by six birdies and two eagles (one of which you can see below), Reed turned in the round of the day: seven-under-par 64.

Reed’s surge launched him 17 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for third, seven shots behind Johnson’s lead.

It's looking like a two-horse race

At only four shots behind Johnson’s lead, Rory McIlory looks like the player with the best chance to catch Johnson — barring an implosion by DJ himself.

Rory shot 68 on Saturday — a good round, but not good enough to gain any ground on DJ.

The next-closest players to Johnson’s lead are all seven shots behind: Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay, Sergio Garcia, and Cameron Smith.

Tiger couldn't keep the momentum going

Tiger’s Saturday scorecard was … colorful. After a solid second-round 66 propelled him to the first page of the leaderboard on Friday, the Big Cat just couldn’t sustain any positive momentum. Birdies were quickly balanced by bogeys — or worse.

Though he managed to birdie a third of the holes he played today (six), Woods also suffered three bogeys and a double bogey on the par-5 15th hole. (The painful details can be viewed below.)

Despite everything, his position on the leaderboard remained largely unchanged: T9, 10 shots back.