Shubhankar Sharma follows the leader Louis Oosthuizen by a shot
Shubhankar Sharma is back in action in his maiden trip to World Golf Championship in Mexico and with his habit of performing better against bigger challenges, Sharma showed the grits to finish T-2nd in the opening round in Mexico City, with a shot behind the leader Louis Oosthuizen at 6-under-65.
Shubhankar Sharma is joined by Chris Paisley and Xander Schauffele. Paisley won his maiden European Tour Title at the BMW SA Open by three-strokes with a bogey-free 66 on the final day and has already finished under top-5 twice, Sharma playing his first PGA Tour event has been on a roll recently with wins at the Joburg Open and Maybank Championship, his recent back to back missed cuts at NBO Oman Open and Commercial Bank Qatar Masters have not hampered his spirits even one bit, that’s the good sign of confidence there by the Indian.
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Posted by European Tour on Thursday, March 1, 2018
“I’m really pleased with the way I played. I was very nervous in the morning, but very happy with the way I put it all together. Even after the rain (lightning) delay that we had, just to make birdie on the last hole (on nine), absolutely fantastic,” said a delighted Sharma.
Starting his day from the 10th tee, Sharma birdied 11th and 12th from 13 and 2 feet and ended his front nine with a birdie from 15 feet on the 18th hole. Shot of the day for him came on the first (his 10th) hole where he posted a chipped-in eagle from 30-feet outside the fringe. Sharma finished his round with a birdie on the par-4 9th taking his total to 6-under 65.
South African Louis Oosthuizen, the current round leader carded a bogey-free 7-under-64 round with an eagle on par-5 15th with an approach shot from 230 yards for 5-feet from the hole.
“I’m very confident with my driver at the moment. I’ve got a nice little cut going with it. It’s nice just aiming a little left and swinging away,” the South African said. “I’ve been swinging it pretty good the last three, four weeks, felt I played really well last week. I’m hitting it well, just need to do the same tomorrow.”
This is Oosthuizen’s lowest round since September of 2016, making five birdies and an eagle in his round.
Sharma is joined by reigning Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele, who posted another bogey-free round with six birdies.
“Somewhat stress-less I should say, I had two par putts about eight or nine feet and that was kind of it really,” he said. “Kind of a fun yet boring day.”
Tied for the fifth spot are Rafa Cabrera Bello and Kiradech Aphibarnrat at five-under 66 and followed by Jon Rahm at 4-under 67.
The defending champion Dustin Johnson finished his opening round with 2-under 69 for the day consisting six birdies, two bogeys, and an unfortunate double-bogey on par-4 14th for a T-13th position on the board with Russell Henley, Phil Mickelson, Alex Noren, Patton Kizzire, Marc Leishman, Brendan Steele, Daniel Berger, and Thomas Pieters.