Shubhankar Sharma retains lead after third round in WGC-Mexico Championship
05 Марта 2018, 12:26 | Nina Mathis
World No 3 Justin Thomas moved closer to the leaders in Mexico on Saturday
World No 3 Justin Thomas moved closer to the leaders
In what looms as a David versus Goliath confrontation ― a five-times major champion against a 21-year-old in his first PGA Tour event ― Mickelson and Sharma will tee off in the final group along with Tyrrell Hatton at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City. Sure, those names sound familiar.
Shubhankar Sharma's hot streak has continued in Mexico.
This week's tournament is his first PGA Tour start of his career.
He's 21 going on 31 with a calm mind that has transcended the brightest lights of a World Golf Championship.
"It went on until six in the morning back home", Sharma, who turned professional at 16, recalled. Just three months ago, Sharma had yet to win a tournament outside India's developmental circuit, didn't have a European Tour card and was No. 462 in the world.
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.
Oh, and he can putt - as evidenced by his 14-footer for par at the 18th hole on Saturday to secure the most unlikely of 54-hole advantages (as an aside, he also has a vintage fist pump). He said "hi". I said "hi". "I made a few mistakes on the greens but the greens are tough this week so I think everyone's making a few mistakes". So I wasn't too hard on myself. Mom as well. But yeah, dad and me are very passionate about it.
He will need more of that on Sunday. Sharma broke through with his maiden victory at the Joburg Open in December and followed up with another triumph at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia last month where he came from four shots back to win with a closing 62.
Top-ranked defending championDustin Johnson eagled from 112 yards at the par-4 ninth, landing the ball beyond the hole with a 60-degree wedge and back-spinning it into the cup.
"Obviously the broadcasts these days are so clear in high definition, it just feels so unreal just watching them right in front of you. So there is a low one in there, hopefully it's tomorrow".
An eagle on Friday at the short par-four first hole, where he drove the ball to inside two feet for a tap-in, changed that and bogeys at the next two holes proved minor setbacks. Phil Mickelson didn't know who he was, either. At least Sharma got the introductions out of the way before Saturday's round.
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