Steady-handed Sharma stays on top in Mexico

Jessica Allison
March 5, 2018

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Thomas, who fired a 62 on Saturday, had a two-shot lead when he picked his ball out of the hole.

Justin Thomas ended his round in Mexico City with a bang. 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.

This meant he had to close with a brilliant par save at the last as he calmly rolled in a 15-foot putt to maintain his lead.

That left him 18 holes away from capping off his fantastic rise.

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

Those wins have put him top of the European Tour's Race to Dubai, while he has also risen to 75th in the official world golf ranking.

There's also a group of big names looking to take the title.

Sharma, who leads Mickelson, Hatton, Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello by two shots, will have a headstart, but nonetheless will be an underdog against such elite company. According to Gulf News, Mohan Lal quit the armed forces six years ago to help his son pursue golf, thanks to the help of an army colleague, Tusha Lahiri, who is the father of two-time European Tour victor Anirban Lahiri.

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He was at 13-under 200.

"I got off to a good start, felt comfort with my game and was five under through nine which I was over the moon with". "I'm back playing some of my best golf again". He is coming off his most consistent stretch in years, having finished inside the top 10 in his last three starts.

Rather, he was inspired by staying up all night to watch Rory McIlroy, 28, win the 2011 US Open. "Who knows what's going to happen, but I'm definitely moving in the right direction". But he dropped a shot on the 16th, and then came up short in the water on the par-3 17th and made double bogey. Dustin Johnson sits only three shots behind the youngtser.

He had five birdies and three bogeys en route to a two-under 69.

Now the 21-year-old from India has one last round to hold off a few of golf's biggest names. Even then, his goal was to get to 10 under by the end of the tournament.

"Making par was very, very important", he said. "I may have to reset that goal a little bit".

Jordan Spieth birdied three of his last four holes and was six behind.

There are no cuts at these WGCs so everyone plays the weekend, usually playing out the string with some middling numbers or maybe posting a low one that doesn't matter with no real pressure. I remember when Tiger won the U.S. Open in 2008. Those are very accomplished players, but they're not on the level of 42-time PGA TOUR victor Mickelson. Sunday is a final exam of another variety.

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