Sharma maintains two-shot lead at World Golf Championship

Sharma maintains two-shot lead at World Golf Championship

India's Shubhankar Sharma opened with an eagle and closed with three consecutive birdies to seize a two-stroke lead after Friday's second round of the WGC Mexico Championship.

Sharma stretched his lead to as many as four shots at Chapultepec Golf Club until he started dropping a few shots late on the back nine.

He closed with a tremendous par save at the last, calmly rolling in a 15-foot putt to maintain his cushion.

That left him 18 holes away from capping off his awesome rise.

Sharma was the 517th-ranked player in the world at the end of 2016 but moved to 202nd at the end of 2017. For context, consider that when Sharma was born, Lefty already had 113 starts, eight wins and 25 top-10s on Tour.

He is two ahead of some of the biggest names in contemporary golf on a crowded leaderboard.

Phil Mickelson played bogey-free for a 65 that will put him in the last group with Sharma and England's Tyrrell Hatton, who had a 64. Also two shots behind were Masters champion Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello, who each had a 69.

Top-ranked defending champion Dustin Johnson eagled from 112 yards at the par-4 ninth, landing the ball beyond the hole with a 60-degree wedge and back-spinning it into the cup.

Sharma, the only two-time victor on the European Tour this year who leads the Race to Dubai, didn't blink. (I'm) very, very happy that I could grind out a par on the last hole.

He was at 13-under 200.

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Mikko Korhonen and Sam Horsfield are tied for second. "I met him for the first time today and it's great that I'm paired with him tomorrow". All of his previous wins have come on African soil. His par on the 18 highlighted his tenacious qualities. Sharma is eyeing to become the first since Jim Benepe at the 1988 Western Open to win a first US PGA Tour title in the tour debut.

From taking the golfing world by storm to being dismissed as a member of the media by an icon of the sport, India's Shubhankar Sharma is experiencing it all at the WGC Mexico Championship here.

Yet he proved in his third round that he is not averse to a battle as he showed when caught by the America Pat Perez before extending away again with a 70, featuring five birdies and two bogeys. He thought we were media and he said, "Not right now, after the round". "It will start to click and get better and better as the year goes on".

Fisher almost won this event last year before Dustin Johnson took over late, but he'll have his work cut out this year as the leaders will be well into the double digits by the end of the day.