‘I’m truly glad that I’m enjoying at the sort of prime stage and enjoying with these kind of nice participant’
IMAGE: Shubhankar Sharma watches his shot at the 5th tee field right through the second one spherical of the WGC – Mexico Championship golfing event at Membership de Golfing Chapultepec. : Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports activities/Reuters
India’s Shubhankar Sharma stunned a couple of other folks, however now not himself, as he upstaged the largest names in golfing for a two-shot midway lead on the WGC-Mexico Championship on Friday.
In his first look in a International Golfing Championships tournament, Sharma added a five-under-par 66 to his opening spherical 65 to set the tempo at 11-under 131 at Membership de Golfing Chapultepec in Mexico Town.
“I didn’t truly put any power on myself earlier than I got here right here. I anticipated to play smartly,” the 21-year-old informed Golfing Channel.
“I’m truly glad that I’m enjoying at the sort of prime stage and enjoying with these kind of nice gamers. I’ve attempted to revel in myself up to conceivable available in the market and that is the most productive place I will have been in.
“I’ve no doubt proved to myself that I belong right here and I will play with the massive boys.”
A number of of the ones giant boys have been lurking shut, with Spanish duo of Sergio Garcia (65) and Rafa Cabrera Bello (67) in a percentage of 2nd with American Xander Schauffele (68) on nine-under.
First spherical chief Louis Oosthuizen (71) backtracked to fall 4 pictures off the tempo in a big staff sharing 5th, which additionally incorporated protecting champion Dustin Johnson (66).
Sharma entered the week already ranked first at the Eu Excursion after two early-season victories however it could be honest to indicate he was once now not a reputation on everybody’s lips pre-tournament.
An eagle on Friday on the quick par-four first hollow, the place he drove the ball to inside of two toes for a tap-in, modified that and bogeys on the subsequent two holes proved minor setbacks.
The 5 birdies he picked up at the again 9, together with on the ultimate 3 holes, helped him stamp his authority at the tournament.
“I simply stored the ball in play all through the day,” Sharma mentioned.
“The one two bogeys I made have been 3 putts. I stored the ball within the fairway and gave myself as many probabilities to assault the pin as conceivable.”
Sharma has lots to play for over the weekend, now not least a shot at securing a place at subsequent month’s Masters.
These days ranked 75th on the earth, he must climb into the highest 50 within the subsequent 4 weeks, or higher but win a event, to qualify for Augusta Nationwide.
However Sharma is prone to really feel some warmth within the ultimate two rounds, with reigning Masters champion Garcia amongst the ones poised to pounce.
“We nonetheless have an extended weekend to move,” Garcia mentioned. “The route is getting less assailable and harder because the week is going on. Confidently I will play extra of the similar.”