World Golf Championships: Justin Thomas leads after hole-in-one in round three

Justin Thomas

WGC Mexico Championship, third-round leaderboard:
-12 J Thomas (US); -11 D Johnson (US); -10 R McIlroy (NI), P Mickelson (US); -9 L Westwood (Eng), J Rahm (US); -8 T Fleetwood (Eng), T Hatton (Eng), T Pieters (Bel)
Selected others: -7 J Spieth (US); -6 R Fisher (Eng); -5 A Sullivan (Eng); Level J Rose (Eng)
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American Justin Thomas made a hole-in-one at the 13th on his way to taking the lead from world number one Dustin Johnson in round three of the World Golf Championships event in Mexico.

Thomas, 23, watched as his ball bounced once and flew into the hole on 13, helping him to a round of 66.

He leads on 12 under, one clear of Johnson (66) and two ahead of Rory McIlroy (70) and Phil Mickelson (68).

Jordan Spieth of the US made a bogey-free 63 to move to seven under par.

Johnson led for much of the day as overnight leader McIlroy failed to fire, but after five birdies the American slipped back with a bogey on 16, allowing Thomas to go past him.

Thomas came through the back nine in 31 shots, adding birdies at the 15th and 16th to ensure he will go out last alongside Johnson on the final day.

Mickelson finished the day on 10 under par after an extraordinary back nine, which saw him require three free drops in succession after a spectator picked up his ball on the 10th, and he then drove into the bushes on 11 and 12.

Playing partner McIlroy remained very much in contention after a back nine that produced one birdie and eight pars.

England’s Westwood moved within a shot of the Northern Irishman thanks to a 66, while compatriots Tommy Fleetwood (66) and Tyrell Hatton (68) are one further back on eight under.

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World Golf Championships: Rory McIlroy leads by two shots at halfway stage

Rory McIlroy

WGC Mexico Championships, second-round leaderboard:
-9 R McIlroy (NI); -7 P Mickelson (US), R Fisher (Eng), J Thomas (US); -6 A Sullivan (Eng), D Berger (US), D Johnson (US)
Selected others: -5 T Hatton, -4 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), L Westwood (Eng), R Fowler (US); -3 T Fleetwood (Eng); -1 C Wood (Eng); Level J Rose (Eng); +1 J Spieth (US); +6 D Willet (Eng)
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Rory McIlroy carded a stunning six-under-par 65 to take a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the World Golf Championships event in Mexico.

The Northern Irishman is nine under after a round that included an eagle, as he holed out from 151 yards on the par-four 14th, and six birdies.

Americans Phil Mickelson and Justin Thomas are tied for second with England’s Ross Fisher.

Another Englishman, Andy Sullivan, is on five under after a 65.

He is tied for fifth with world number one Dustin Johnson, while England’s Tyrell Hatton is a shot further back.

Hatton’s compatriot Lee Westwood, the joint overnight leader, stayed at four under after a level-par 71 and is in a five-way tie for 14th that includes compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick.

World number three McIlroy, 27, is playing his first tournament after seven weeks out with a rib injury.

His round could have been even better but he bogeyed the 12th and 17th.

“I’m in a great position, but I felt like I could have been a few more ahead,” said McIlroy.

Olympic champion Justin Rose shot a 72 to move to level par, while American Jordan Spieth is one over and Masters champion Danny Willet is six over.

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Scotland's Jamieson shares lead in South Africa

Scotland's Scott Jamieson

Tshwane Open leaderboard after round two:
-10 S Jamieson (Sco), A Bjork (Swe); -9 J Morrison (Eng); -8 J Walters (Rsa), T Aiken (Rsa), P Karmis (Rsa); -7 M Korhonen (Fin), G Havret (Fra), G Mulroy (Rsa).
Selected others: -5 S Webster (Eng), J Smith (Eng), J Donaldson (Wal); -4 L Slattery (Eng), M Warren (Sco), R McGowan (Eng), M Southgate (Eng), R Ramsay (Sco), C Paisley (Eng), D Stewart (Sco), G Storm (Eng); -3 C Hanson (Eng), D Horsey (Eng).
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Scotland’s Scott Jamieson shares the lead with Sweden’s Alexander Bjork at the halfway stage of the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

Jamieson followed his first-round 67 with a 65 on Friday, while Bjork has gone 65, 67 to leave both on 10 under.

Home favourite Thomas Aiken bagged the round of the day, a nine-under-par 62 that took him to eight under overall.

Glasgow-born Jamieson, 33, said: “It was very solid again from tee to green, like Thursday.”

Jamieson has spent the last two seasons battling to retain his playing privileges, finishing 106th and 107th in the Race to Dubai, but won his sole European Tour title in South Africa at the rain-shortened Nelson Mandela Championship in 2013.

“I’m delighted with that today,” the Scot added after his 65 at Pretoria Country Club. “I struggled a bit last week from tee to green but it seems to have clicked this week. Hopefully I can hole a few more putts this weekend.

“The rough out there is pretty extreme but there’s not a great deal of drivers (off the tee), which is probably suiting me right now because I struggled last week with my driver.”

England’s James Morrison is a shot off the lead on nine under thanks to a second round of 66, with Scots Marc Warren, Richie Ramsay and Duncan Stewart in a share of 18th on four under thanks to second rounds of 67, 70 and 72. Fellow Scot David Drysdale is back on two under after a second round 68.

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World Golf Championships: Westwood shares lead in Mexico

Lee Westwood

WGC Mexico Championships, first-round leaderboard:
-4 L Westwood (Eng), R Fisher (Eng), P Mickelson (US), R Moore (US), J Walker (US), J Rahm (Spa); -3 R McIlroy (NI), C Wood (Eng), S Garcia (Spa), F Zanotti (Par), M Kuchar (US), P Perez (US)
Selected others: -2 T Fleetwood (Eng), R Fowler (US); -1 T Hatton (Eng), J Rose (Eng), D Johnson (US), M Kaymer (Ger); Level J Spieth (US), +5 P Reed (US)
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Lee Westwood is in a six-way tie for the lead after round one of the World Golf Championships event in Mexico.

The Englishman, 43, was on course to be the sole overnight leader but bogeyed the final two holes to finish with a round of 67 in Mexico City.

Westwood is joined on four under by compatriot Ross Fisher, Americans Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore and Jimmy Walker and Spain’s Jon Rahm.

World number three Rory McIlroy is a shot further back after a 68.

The 27-year-old Northern Irishman is playing his first tournament after seven weeks out with a rib injury.

McIlroy made par on 14 holes, hitting one eagle, two birdies and one bogey in a solid round.

Westwood was more uneven in his scoring, making eight birdies in his first 16 holes before ending with back-to-back bogeys to add to two others earlier in his round.

England’s Chris Wood and Spain’s Sergio Garcia are part of a six-man group tied for seventh, a shot behind the leaders.

Tommy Fleetwood carded a two-under-par 69, a shot ahead of fellow Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Rose, with world number one Dustin Johnson also on one under.

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IOC warns Tokyo 2020 over men-only golf course

Kasumigaseki Country Club

The International Olympic Committee warns it will move the Tokyo 2020 golf event from its current venue if it does not admit women.

The Kasumigaseki Country Club does not allow women to become full members or play on Sundays.

“I respect it’s a private club but our position is clear. We will only go to a club that has non-discrimination,” said IOC vice president John Coates.

“At some point there has to be a cut-off.”

However Coates added that he does not expect to have to find another host for the event.

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“It’s possible to go elsewhere but I think this is going to work out,” he added.

“My understanding is as recent as this week there have been more discussions with the club, that it’s heading in the right direction for them to have a non-discriminatory membership.

“It would appear that we should be able to have this resolved by the end of June.”

In February, club chairman Kiichi Kimura described the controversy as “annoying” after initial internal discussions had not resulted in any decision on Kasumigaseki’s membership policy.

“We are baffled,” he said.