Rory McIlroy makes a strong return at WGC-Mexico Championship after injury

While Johnson is still well within reach of the leaders, World Number Three, Rory McIlroy, will be pleased with his first competitive round since fracturing a rib in January.

The Northern Irishman had posted a statement on Twitter defending his decision and claimed he had been branded "a fascist and a bigot" for associating with the 45th President of the United States of America, who divides opinion in his homeland and overseas.

McIlroy is keen to continue playing at the WGC-Mexico Championship and was hoping the food poisoning was just a day thing.

"Anyone's beliefs or politics or whatever, just put that to one side for a minute. I haven't had the chance to play in Spain as a professional yet, but I'm sure it would be this warm as well".

"If it had been Obama I would have gone to play".

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Ross Fisher: "I played pretty flawless golf, to be fair. But rehab is what it is, and you just try to get healthy and get back there, and it only makes me more excited to be here this week and try to play well".

"Even though the golf course doesn't play long because of the altitude, it is challenging in many other respects with the precision of the irons, the small targets that the greens present and the speed and undulation of the greens", Mickelson said.

It was in the week of the Open that McIlroy, after weeks of flak for withdrawing from the Olympics, said he would only watch the "stuff that matters" in Rio, making obvious his view that Olympic golf was not a serious diversion.

"So frustrating, to say the least, especially at the start of the season when I felt like I was playing well". I'm taking next week off to see how everything reacts and responds so it was the logical place to come back. I don't know what it was specifically.

Mickelson also spoke about how far he was hitting the ball.

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Even with the sickness, McIlroy looked good in his first competitive round in six weeks.

Battling a stomach issue, McIlroy's play certainly didn't reflect it as he shot a 3-under 68.

McIlroy said he expected this week's field would find it tricky adapting to the thin air of Mexico City, where the course venue is around 7,600 feet above sea level, a factor likely to complicate club selection.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Mickelson will remain a player to watch until he breaks out of his lengthy victory drought, but don't lose sight of McIlroy. So with a little bit of heat as well, the ball's going ridiculous distances.

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