March 19, 2018

Sensational Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma takes lead on WGC debut

05 March 2018, 12:54 | Donald Newman

Shubhankar Sharma dominated headlines on Friday Saturday but just couldn't maintain his momentum

Shubhankar Sharma Stumbles In Final Round To Finish Tied 9th At World Golf Championships

Now the 21-year-old from India has to hold off a few of golf's biggest names.

Now the 21-year-old from India has one last round to hold off a few of golf's biggest names.

Phil Mickelson watches his shot from the third tee during the second round of the WGC in Mexico March 4, 2018. He closed with a tremendous par save at the par-four 18th, calmly rolling in a 15-foot putt for a 13-under total of 200.

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

Mickelson is in a chasing pack which also includes Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello and England's Tyrrell Hatton, all of whom are on 11-under. 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.

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 came into Chapultepec on the heels of three straight top-six finishes, and is nicely positioned to break his winless streak Sunday.

"I'm putting the ball in play better, my iron play's back, my short game is back, I've been putting well, so overall I've been playing well and the scores are starting to reflect it", said Mickelson, who won this event (2009 at Doral) during a different era. "I'm back playing some of my best golf again".

It will undoubtedly go down as one of the most spectacular putts of the year. You know, I met him for the first time today and it's great that I'm paired with him tomorrow. "Who knows what's going to happen, but I'm definitely moving in the right direction".

Hatton went out in 30 and kept a clean card on another warm day at 7,800 feet above sea level.

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.

Sweden's Alex Noren shot a three-under 67 to finish alone in third, just one stroke back of the leaders.

Defending champion and world number one Dustin Johnson is three shots off the pace on 10 under par alongside Pat Perez, Xander Schauffele and Brian Harman, with world number two Justin Thomas another stroke adrift. Even then, his goal was to get to 10 under by the end of the tournament. "I may have to reset that goal a little bit".

Henderson birdied four of her first eight holes to move up the leaderboard but could not get another birdie putt to drop in until the final hole when it was too late for her to catch Wie.

He still remembers not only Mickelson winning the British Open at Muirfield, but the 3-wood he hit onto the 17th green that led to his victory.

Even more surreal? He's beating them. Sunday is a final exam of another variety.

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