WGC Mexico Championship | Shubhankar Sharma keeps hopes alive with two-shot lead

WGC Mexico Championship | Shubhankar Sharma keeps hopes alive with two-shot lead

WGC Mexico Championship | Shubhankar Sharma keeps hopes alive with two-shot lead

BC-GLF-Mexico Championship, 1st Ld-Writethru, 720 Sharma holds his nerve and the lead in MexicoAP Photo MXEV106, MXEV110, MXEV119, MXEV120, MXEV116, MXEV121, MXEV109, MXEV125Eds: Updates.

Shubhankar Sharma held serve on Saturday at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.

Nobody, not even Sharma, had a better day than Justin Thomas. The 19-year-old, who only joined the LPGA Tour last year, hit a superb approach into the 18th to set up a birdie opportunity that would have forced a playoff but missed her 8-foot putt and settled for a final-round 71.

Phil Mickelson watches his shot from the third tee during the second round of the WGC in Mexico March 4, 2018.

That left him 18 holes away from capping off his incredible rise. "He started at seven and hasn't put the club down after that, he got hooked and married to the game, his temperament is in sync, he's calm, composed, humble and down to earth, and thinks golf is bigger than him, therefore he is always improving", Shubhankar's father Mohan Lal told Gulf News.

Sharma survived some anxious moments to maintain his two-shot lead ahead of some of the biggest names such as Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, apart from Mickelson.

Mickelson might have heard about Sharma, the only two-time victor on the European Tour this season and the Race to Dubai leader.

There was a little more emotion packed into those two short fist-pumps when his par putt dropped on the final hole.

Sharma was at 13-under 200. He came into Chapultepec on the heels of three straight top-six finishes, and is nicely positioned to break his winless streak Sunday. His drivers aren't as wild, he is making more key putts to keep the round going and his iron game is solid as ever. And then he made a few putts and then he came back to me and said, "Have a good day". "I'm back playing some of my best golf again".

Rather, he was inspired by staying up all night to watch Rory McIlroy, 28, win the 2011 US Open. "So I'll get that 'W.' I don't know if it's tomorrow, I don't know when, but it will be soon, and when I do, I think I'll start to peel off a few".

Perez had three birdies in a four-hole stretch and momentarily tied Sharma for the lead.

Champions - Steve Stricker lost the Cologuard Classic lead in Tucson, Ariz., when he drove into the water on the par-5 18th in a closing double bogey. He had to settle for a 68, though he still was just three shots behind, along with Brian Harman (68) and Xander Schauffele (70).

He had five birdies and three bogeys en route to a two-under 69. Even then, his goal was to get to 10 under by the end of the tournament.

"It was another level of difficulty, not only the amount of people I was trying to beat, but this golf course", said Thomas.

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