Six players tied for the Day One lead at the WGC-Mexico: Ross Fisher, Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Jon Rahm, Jimmy Walker, and Lee Westwood
If that sounds a bit like a “turn back the clock” grouping, it is. Westwood will be 44 next month and hasn’t won a tournament since taking the Maybank Malaysian Open in April of 2014. Mickelson, who will be 47 in June, has not won since taking The Open Championship in 2013.
All six men shot 67s. It was Westwood’s lowest round at this tournament in 15 attempts.
“It’s a great golf course,” Westwood said. “You’ve got to be really patient. It’s a pleasure to play a golf course where your caddie doesn’t hand you the driver walking off the previous green. You’ve got to put in a bit of thought on this golf course.”
World No. 3 Rory McIlroy returned from his injury to fire an opening-round 68 despite some stomach problems. He had the longest drives on three holes, including a 368-yard rocket on No. 6.
“The rib is fine,” McIlroy told the Golf Channel. “It’s great actually, how it responded over the last couple of weeks ramping up the practice and then playing my first full competitive round today. I didn’t feel it at all. It’s all positive in that regard.”
The tournament encompasses 49 of the nation’s top 50 players with only No. 2 Jason Day missing due to injury.