Oosthuizen leading after WGC Mexico first round

Oosthuizen leading after WGC Mexico first round

India's Shubhankar Sharma upstaged the biggest names in golf by eagling the first hole en route to a two-shot halfway lead at the WGC-Mexico Championship on Friday (March 2).

The 21-year-old - a two-time victor on the European Tour this season - carded a five-under-par 66 to move clear of Masters champion Garcia, Xander Schauffele and Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

Sharma, who opened with a 65, stood on 11-under par 131 with Spain's Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello and American Xander Schauffele sharing second on 133.

A late eagle boosted smooth-swinging Louis Oosthuizen to the first-round lead as a diverse mix of players lined up close behind the South African at the WGC-Mexico Championship on Thursday.

Sharma's WGC debut comes after European Tour wins last December at the Joburg Open and last month in Malaysia at the Maybank Championship. "To play as well as I did and shoot a good score against the world's best players and be right up there, Im just delighted". "Everything has happened so fast for me".

Having made a ideal start by driving to a couple of feet on the reachable first and converting for eagle, Sharma three-putted the second and third for consecutive bogeys.

Oosthuizen grabs first-round lead at WGC Mexico Championship
The highlight was a near-ace at the 17th, his eighth hole of the day - where his tee shot spun within inches of the cup.

"I knew I had to hit a great 3-wood", Sharma said.

Starting his day on the 10 hole, the Thai made birdies on 13 and 18 and eagled the par-5 15 hole after holing a 44-foot putt from the fringe. I just try and not think of anything before I start. Otherwise I just get the ball in play all day and it was great to finish with three birdies in a row.

It was a further stroke back to Spain's Rafael Cabrera Bello and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat on 66, with world number two Jon Rahm alone on four-under 67. So I just wanted to have fun, and yeah, I've had a lot of fun.

Johnson finished with six birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey six at the par-four 14th.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson emerged from a roller-coaster round with a two-under par 69. I drove it well.

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