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2019 WGC Mexico Championship leaderboard: Rory McIlroy leads Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas after Round 1

Well, you knew that the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship leaderboard would be good, but I'm not sure I expected it to be so good after just 18 game holes on Thursday. Rory McIlroy (-8) heads one over Dustin Johnson (-7) and three over Justin Thomas (-5). Perhaps the three best golfers on the planet 1-2-3 are on the board at Chapultepec. First Place – Rory McIlroy (-8): Having made an eagle on his 1 0th hole (the first hole on the track) to get to 6 under and follow it with another birdie at his 11th it looked as if 59 (or at least course record of 62) would be in play. An even finish in the last five holes nixed it, but it also gave McIlroy a stable entacent link over D.J. and probably more important three steps across the rest of the field. McIlroy was probably surprising No 1 in the field from tee to green, but he was too – and this is perhaps more surprising – No 3 in the field to put. If he approaches these numbers for the rest of the week, it's a cover. Even when he strikes wedges this can also be a cover. McIlroy has played well here before and cuts a top 10 back in 2017 even when he wasn't necessarily on top of his game. Now it looks like he knows it, and I'm not sure if anyone – even D.J. Latest site – Sanghyun Park (+9): It's a tough…

Well, you knew that the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship leaderboard would be good, but I’m not sure I expected it to be so good after just 18 game holes on Thursday. Rory McIlroy (-8) heads one over Dustin Johnson (-7) and three over Justin Thomas (-5). Perhaps the three best golfers on the planet 1-2-3 are on the board at Chapultepec.

First Place – Rory McIlroy (-8): Having made an eagle on his 1

0th hole (the first hole on the track) to get to 6 under and follow it with another birdie at his 11th it looked as if 59 (or at least course record of 62) would be in play. An even finish in the last five holes nixed it, but it also gave McIlroy a stable entacent link over D.J. and probably more important three steps across the rest of the field.

McIlroy was probably surprising No 1 in the field from tee to green, but he was too – and this is perhaps more surprising – No 3 in the field to put. If he approaches these numbers for the rest of the week, it’s a cover. Even when he strikes wedges this can also be a cover.

McIlroy has played well here before and cuts a top 10 back in 2017 even when he wasn’t necessarily on top of his game. Now it looks like he knows it, and I’m not sure if anyone – even D.J.

Latest site – Sanghyun Park (+9): It’s a tough day when you’re 17 on the leader after just 18 holes. Related: Phil Mickelson shot a 79 (!) And is clearly out of gas after playing Phoenix-Pebble Beach-Riviera-Mexico in succession. Take some time, Lefty!

Second Challenger – Dustin Johnson (-7). He only had once: 13 in the third round of the 1998 Open (shot 85).

Justin Thomas (-5), Matt Kuchar (-5): After the whole story with Matt Kuchar and his Mexican caddy, David “El Tucan” Ortiz in Mayakoba this fall, how fun would it be if he won again in Mexico this time? Thomas can also be a robot. To bounce back from last week’s loss and week at 4:00 am, alarm clocks with 66 in Round 1 this week are lovely. I’m here for D.J.-J.T.-McIlroy shootout!

What did Tiger Woods do? In addition to making a double bogey sex in the beginning, a 305-yard par 4? Woods climbed out of that hole with some nice birdies on the front nine but mixed himself into the finish line with a steady pair of 71. He is not really inside it, nor is it of it. He’s where he’s been most of the year: just hanging around.

Who had a good day? Johnson may own this course. After winning 2017 and finishing in the top 10 last season, he looks ready for another spectacular week. He shot the only free day’s round and (this is not really a surprise) led the field to run on Thursday.

Who had a miserable day? Le Artist, Bryson DeChambeau, had a tough one. Not only did he shoot a 75 in front of his friend Tiger Woods, but their group also got the clock late in the day for slow play. All this just a few days after we were told that one day he will be unstoppable from a neurological point of view .

Today’s State: This state did not change significantly today, but it is a reminder of how hilariously dominant Woods has been to these things over the years.

Today’s shot: This shot from McIlroy at the first 4 hole in par 4 top) was surprising. It almost fell, and he acted like he was trying to make it fall. From 305 meters out!

What to look at day 2: Does McIlroy gallop, or does he come back to the field a little? So many of his victories have gone a long way from the start early, and he is quite ready to do so. If he follows 63 with a 65 or something in that area, there may be curtains at Chapultepec.

CBS Sports was with you all the way to update this story with the latest scores, analysis and highlights from the WGC Mexico Championship, especially when Woods was on the course. If you can’t see the live updates below, click here.

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