Shubhankar Sharma retains lead after third round in WGC-Mexico Championship

Shubhankar Sharma retains lead after third round in WGC-Mexico Championship

Shubhankar Sharma retains lead after third round in WGC-Mexico Championship

Shubhankar Sharma upstaged the biggest names in golf by bravely maintaining his overnight two-shot lead following the third round of the United States dollars 10 million World Golf Championships here, venturing into a territory hitherto unknown to Indian golfers.

After all, the 21-year-old Indian has been creating headlines during his first PGA Tour event. "This is such a big event, I would say this is taking some pressure off me, playing well on this course".

"I'll keep trying to do what I've been doing for the next two days". At 11-under, he was two shots ahead of reigning Masters champion, Sergio Garcia, 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello. Depending on how things play out on Sunday he can move into the top 25 in the world ranking - the highest ranking by a player from India - secure a start in the next World Golf Championship in three weeks and, with a victory, earn a trip to his first major at Augusta National. "Made a few mistakes coming in, but I've done a fairly good job of the distances and the yardages". It was 6 India, but Sharma, then 14, was so jazzed up he went straight to the driving range.

"Winning is everything. I mean, there is no better feeling than when you think you sink that winning putt". He also missed a 12-foot birdie putt on 18. "This is a dream for me", he said.

Korda, 19, had eight birdies and one bogey as she finished with 15-under 201 heading into the final round at the Sentosa Golf Club.

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He said: "I'm really happy with the way I played today, stuck in there".

In Mexico players have to adjust for the higher altitude which makes ball travel nearly 15 percent more and then there is distance to be adjusted for uphill layout.

Phil Mickelson watches his shot from the third tee during the second round of the WGC in Mexico March 4, 2018. Sharma broke through with his maiden victory at the Joburg Open in December and followed up with another triumph at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia last month where he came from four shots back to win with a closing 62.

Mickelson, a five-time major victor, has two TOUR victories for every year that Sharma has been alive, but none since the 2013 Open Championship. "I feel like the game's in really good form". "On the safer side, not too many birdies, but no bogeys".

Another shot back was Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world and defending champion, who managed a 68 despite playing the par-5s on the back nine in 1-over.

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