Shubhankar Sharma shines again to keep control in Mexico

Debutant Sharma moves into lead at halfway stage of World Golf Championship in Mexico

The 21-year-old Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, who has won twice in the past three months, has outclassed a world-class field for 36 holes at Club de Golf Chapultepec near Mexico City.

"He thought we were media and he said, "Not right now, after the round", Sharma told reporters, laughing as he recalled how he and his caddie Gurbaaz Mann had approached Mickelson on the practice putting green before the round. I was telling to Baaz, who's on my bag there, watching all of these guys on the range, it just seems like there's a TV in front of me and I'm watching them through the TV.

Several of those big boys were lurking close, with Spanish duo of Sergio Garcia (65) and Rafa Cabrera Bello (67) in a share of second with American Xander Schauffele (68) on nine-under. You know, I met him for the first time today and it's great that I'm paired with him tomorrow.

He hopes to jump from 75th in the world rankings into the top 50 in time to qualify for next month's Masters, the year's first major championship. "Made a few mistakes coming in, but I've done a fairly good job of the distances and the yardages". "Very happy that I could grind out a par on the last hole".

"I'm not expecting to have a very good chance to win the tournament but if I do it will be a huge bonus".

Sharma blasted his opening tee shot two feet from the cup for a tap-in eagle. He said "hi". I said "hi".

Garcia also kept the pressure on, offsetting two bogeys with four birdies for a 69 that left him tied for second place at 11 under. "I think it just pushes guys like me to play even better", added the Indian. He's driven the ball well, putted well and made just a single bogey over his last 36 holes.

Getting the soccer goal treatment at the WGC-Mexico Championship is becoming a rite of passage. A victory at the WGC Championship would make Sharma the first debutant to win on the PGA Tour in about three decades.

Lucky for us, the PGA Tour feels like the same way and posted the incredible hole-in-one to Twitter.

He rolled in a 16-foot birdie putt at 14 to reclaim sole possession of the lead, and he was two clear even after his bogey at 16.

Shubhankar could potentially have a career-changing win with the winner's cheque worth Dollars 1.7 million, an exemption onto the PGA Tour through the 2020-21 season, 550 FedExCup points and starts in nearly every major championship including THE PLAYERS Championship this season.

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