Saturday on the PGA Tour is known as “Moving Day” as the golfers make a push to move up on the leaderboard in order to set up a potential final push on Sunday. Then again, some of the players use everything in their power to simply make the cut and end up moving the wrong way on the leaderboard.
Moving Day at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship at the Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, Mexico saw Jordan Spieth vault up the leaderboard into contention on the strength of an 8-under, 63.
The two-time major champion moved up 30 spots into a tie for 10th, five shots behind the leader, Justin Thomas.
“I kept it a little straighter today and really just stayed aggressive,” Spieth said on NBC, immediately following his round. “I think the more rounds you play out here, the more you can get dialed in to trusting your numbers in this altitude. I hit quite a few shots really close to the hole today and didn’t have to work too much with the putter to get to 63.”
Jordan has a renewed confidence after a Saturday 63.
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Phil Mickelson did a lot of moving on Saturday, but his was mostly left and right as he struggled off the tie and wound up in the bushes on two occasions and had a ball that was hit so far left that a fan picked up his ball and disappeared with it.
Somehow, Mickelson wound up shooting 68 and he hot only four of 14 fairways and eight out of 18 greens in regulation. Were it not for a bogey on the 18th, he would have been in the final group on Sunday.
“I was playing well, I was driving the ball well, and I had an opportunity today to show, by being in the last group, all that hard work I’ve put into it and how my game has really come around, and then I had a complete meltdown and lost all focus of my game for a nine-hole stretch there,” Mickelson said. “Certainly there were positives. I know it’s not far away.”
Rory McIlroy played alongside Mickelson on Saturday and he was impressed that his playing partner fired a 68.
“If I was hitting it off the tee like he did today, there’s no way I would shoot 68,” McIlroy said after Saturday’s round. “I mean, I’d shoot 78.”
On the opposite end of Moving Day, former No. 1 Martin Kaymer fired a 75 and dropped 25 spots from the top 10 into a tie for 33rd.