Rory McIlroy continued his torrid play Thursday, firing a 6-under 65 in Round 1 of the WGC-Mexico Championship.
McIlroy, who entered the week riding five straight top-five results worldwide, has now ended 14 of his last 15 PGA Tour rounds inside the leaderboard's top seven. He finished second to Dustin Johnson in Mexico City last season.
Thomas and Watson both shot 4-under 67s. Thomas had a chance to catch McIlroy but wasn't able to birdie each of his final four holes to do so.
Here's how the top of the leaderboard stands after Day 1:
|Place||Player||To Par||R1 Score|
Johnson carded a shocking 5-over 76 in Round 1 to beat only four players and now sits tied for 62nd. He's won two of the three WGC events played in Mexico and had a scoring average of 67.08 over 12 rounds prior to Thursday.
Round 2 gets underway Friday at 12:03 p.m. ET. Here's the broadcast schedule for the remainder of the tournament:
|Fri. Feb. 21||2-7 p.m.||Golf Channel|
|Sat. Feb. 22||12-2:30 p.m.
|Sun. Feb. 23||1-2:30 p.m.