Justin Thomas once again in the Chapultepec hunt after eagle-charged 66

Rex Hoggard

MEXICO CITY – Momentum was squarely on Justin Thomas’ side following four consecutive birdies just before the turn on Day 2 at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

But what happened next mildly surprised the fourth-ranked player in the world.

With a 5-wood, Thomas’ 316-yard tee shot at the par-4 first landed 34 feet from the hole, and he charged his eagle attempt into the cup prompting a “wow” response.

Although Thomas’ momentum stalled following the eagle, he finished with a 66 and was tied for third place when he walked off the course, just two shots off the lead.

“I wasn't surprised. I knew it was going to go 6-8 feet past because it kind of all slopes away,” he said. “I hit a good putt, I just hit it harder than the speed I had envisioned in my head, but that happens sometimes.”

The round continued Thomas’ stellar play at Club de Golf Chapultepec, where he’s finished tied for fifth (2017), second (’18 when he lost a playoff) and ninth (’19). In total, he’s 45 under par at the event, with 10 of 14 rounds in the 60s.

“I feel like my wedges are a strength of my game, and it's a lot of wedges. I mean, you have a wedge on pretty much every hole except for a couple holes,” he said. “I feel like I'm driving it well enough where I can be aggressive off the tee and try and take advantage.”