But McIlroy had been battling the effects of food poisoning and altitude in that opening round, and - seemingly recovered - was in better shape on Friday as he made an upward move on his return to competition and just a month before the Masters, where he will seek to complete the career Grand Slam.
Johnson carded a 66 to end the day in a share of fifth place with Andy Sullivan and Daniel Berger, Sullivan holing his approach to the ninth for an eagle before adding birdies on the 11th, 15th and 16th in a superb 65.
McIlroy is bidding to join Tiger Woods (18), Johnson (3) and Geoff Ogilvy (3) as the only players with three or more wins in World Golf Championships events. Having birdied the par-three 13 from 12 feet, McIlroy feared he had pulled his wedge from 152-yards.
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The 27-year-old's lack of competitive action this season appeared to matter little, as he ended the day two shots ahead of Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas and Ross Fisher. "It's always a bonus to hole shots like that".
Mickelson finished the round without his longtime caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay, who fell ill with a stomach problem on the fourth hole and turned the bag over to Mickelson's younger brother, Tim, a former golf coach at Arizona State who now manages one of his former players, Jon Rahm.
Thomas had a 66, and Mickelson and Fisher each shot 68. "But I felt like I could have been a few more ahead".
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"On the positive side, I had a lot of fun with my brother".
I would have taken a 65 starting today and I definitely would have taken a two-shot lead going into the weekend, so I'm in a great position. "I hit a couple foul balls the first two days and a couple out of bounds balls, a couple unplayables", said Spieth, who was five shots off the lead when he completed his round.
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