Shubhankar Sharma leads at the WGC-Mexico

Lawrence Cooper
March 5, 2018

The Thai star briefly led the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship after 10 holes of his second round at the Club Golf de Chapultepec but found himself on the bogey train with three dropped shots over his last eight holes.

American Xander Schauffele and Spanairds Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello share second behind Sharma, who is making his WGC debut this week.

Defending champion Johnson is four strokes off the pace at the halfway stage of the exclusive event, while three-time major victor Spieth is two shots further back. "This is such a big event, I would say this is taking some pressure off me, playing well on this course".

The Masters has a tradition of occasionally inviting a non-exempt Asian player, raising the intriguing possibility that Sharma might yet receive a prized summons, even if he doesn't qualify automatically.

"I played so well, and the bogeys that I made today were just three-putts. I was very nervous in the morning, but very happy with the way I put it all together", Sharma said after sticking his approach to two feet for birdie at his final hole.

The 2010 Open champion landed his 230-yard approach shot at the par-five 15th five feet from the pin and rolled in the putt for an eagle that gave him a lead he wouldn't relinquish.

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"I'm very confident with my driver at the moment", Oosthuizen said. I couldn't have hit it in a better place.

"Everything has happened so fast for me", Sharma said.

"I have a lot of confidence going into the weekend", Johnson said. "Was pretty happy with the way I drove the ball and I think that was the key".

"I thought about nothing, I just wanted to have fun".

Now ranked 75th in the world, he needs to climb into the top 50 in the next four weeks, or better yet win a tournament, to qualify for Augusta National.

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