Johnson leads by four at WGC-Mexico Championship

Dustin Johnson moved four strokes clear of nearest challenger Rory McIlroy heading into the final round in Mexico City on Saturday.

Dustin Johnson   -  (Getty Images)

Dustin Johnson extended his lead at the WGC-Mexico Championship following a five-under-par 66 in the penultimate round.

American star Johnson moved four strokes clear of nearest challenger Rory McIlroy heading into the final round in Mexico City on Saturday.

Johnson – a 19-time PGA Tour winner – entered the third round with a two-stroke cushion and he improved to 16 under through 54 holes.

After an eagle and a birdie on the front nine, Johnson made the turn with a double-bogey on the par-four 10th. His lead dwindled but then he fired off four birdies to end the round.

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Former world number one McIlroy recovered from three bogeys on the front nine for a three-under-par 68.

Four-time major champion McIlroy finished the round with four total bogeys but found solace with seven birdies.

Tiger Woods dropped to ninth in the leaderboard.   -  (Getty Images)

 

Patrick Reed (64), Patrick Cantlay (65), Sergio Garcia (69) and Cameron Smith (68) are seven shots off the pace and in a four-way tie for third place.

Tiger Woods – in his Mexico debut – dropped one spot to ninth on the leaderboard after carding a one-under-par 70.

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The 14-time major winner tallied six birdies but a tough back nine saw a double-bogey and one of three bogeys to leave him six under and 10 shots behind Johnson.

Woods – an 18-time WGC champion – has yet to win the tournament since it moved to Mexico.

Meanwhile, Justin Thomas posted a third-round 74 to be tied for 37th at even par, Phil Mickelson (72) is three over, while Jordan Spieth is three strokes further back.