Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Sharma takes halfway lead at WGC in Mexico

Sharma takes halfway lead at WGC in Mexico

After hanging around in the first round of the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship, Shubhankar Sharma used the second round to grab control of the leaderboard and put himself in prime position as the weekend heats up at Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City. In the biggest event of his career so far, Shubhankar Sharma is leading the exclusive 65-man field boasting the game's top five ranked players at the halfway point. "I've got a nice little cut going and it's nice to be able to just aim left and swing away".

Sharma has burst onto the scene following two victories in co-sanctioned Asian Tour and European Tour events in South Africa and Malaysia over the past three months.

He was at 11-under 131, two ahead of Masters champion Sergio Garcia, Xander Schauffele and Rafa Cabrera Bello. He had only one birdie on the back nine and started the front nine with five straight bogeys before finishing the day at 75, putting him at two under for the tournament and dropping him 27 spots. "But I'm very happy with the way I've managed myself and just looking forward to the next two days".

Among those is overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen, defending champion and World Number One Dustin Johnson and Thai star and Perth World Super 6 champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Three excellent tee shots gave him just the chance at Par-4 16th he hit his approach to within two feet and on Par-3 17th, he hit his tee shot to inside 10 feet and holed it and closed the day with another ideal approach shot to just over 10 feet from 143 yards and birdied it.

He began his day in style, hammering a three-wood 320 yards down towards the first green which saw the ball ending two feet from the hole for a tap-in eagle. You have to expect great things from yourself if you want to play at a high stage, said Sharma.

Sharma will have his work cut for him to win this tournament. "So everything is happening so fast, it's just taking time to sink in", he added. Obviously, the final destination for me is the PGA TOUR.

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