India's Sharma hangs on to WGC Mexico lead

05 March, 2018, 01:03 | Author: Nora May
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"I thought about nothing, I just wanted to have fun". Those are very accomplished players, but they're not on the level of 42-time PGA TOUR victor Mickelson.

If Sharma is able to hold onto his lead in the final round of the WGC-Mexico Championship he will cap off one of the more improbable upsets in PGA Tour history.

Phil Mickelson played bogey-free for a 65 that will put him in the last group with Sharma and Tyrrell Hatton of England, who had a 64. "I'm back playing some of my best golf again".

"You go out there, and it's this feeling that gets you going". "Who knows what's going to happen, but I'm definitely moving in the right direction".

At least there won't be any need for an introduction. He tried to have a spectator removed on the 16th tee for heckling him and then had to apologize after the tournament for using a four-letter word on the green at 18 when he made the winning putt live on television.

Mickelson's not likely to forget Sharma in a hurry, now that he's played in the same threesome in the final round. Aphibarnrat, who's a 4-time victor on the European Tour, posted 1.583 putts per GIR and 2.287 SG: Putting with 24 total putts.

He just didn't recognize him.

"I had nine putts on the back nine, which is really awesome, " Henderson said. "After the round, '" Sharma said with a smile.

Sharma shot a 2-under 69 on the Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City.

Before that Joburg Open breakthrough he didn't have a victory on a major tour anywhere in the world, he didn't have a European Tour card and he was 462nd in the world ranking. He was No. 462 in the world.

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He faces quite a test, however. He holds a two shot lead over Rafa Cabrero Bello, Tyrell Hatton, Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson.

He's 21 going on 31 with a calm mind that has transcended the brightest lights of a World Golf Championship.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson was a shot further back on 10 under.

Thomas' strong Day 3 wasn't enough to catch the leader, but he sits now four strokes back with one round to play.

Even so, there was some emotion packed into those two short fist-pumps when his par putt dropped on the final hole. He had made bogey on No. 13 to fall into a share of the lead with Pat Perez.

Sharma's Asian Tour bio states his first professional event on the Asian tour was back in 2014 when he finished 4th at the Panasonic Open in India.

Sharma started the third round solidly with three birdies in the first six holes but was a mediocre one-over the rest of the way.

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. Dustin Johnson sits only three shots behind the youngtser. He was only four back.

For those who will find themselves asking the question on Sunday, take heart that the soft-spoken player from India is obscure even among the game's play-for-pay set.

His favorite memory was when Rory McIlroy won the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional. Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines. It was 6 India, but Sharma, then 14, was so jazzed up he went straight to the driving range. You can't contain yourself.


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