Shubhankar Sharma retains lead after third round in WGC-Mexico Championship

Clyde Nash
March 5, 2018

Woods followed his 69 in the third round with a 70 on Sunday to finish eight shots back of the top spot on the hard Florida golf course.

And after opening rounds of 65 and 66 gave Sharma a two-shot lead at the halfway stage, he added a third round of 69 to finish 13 under par, two ahead of Masters champion Sergio Garcia, five-time major victor Phil Mickelson, Tyrrell Hatton and Rafa Cabrera Bello. "I couldn't be in a better situation". Dustin Johnson sits only three shots behind the youngtser.

Yet he proved in his third round that he is not averse to a battle as he showed when caught by the America Pat Perez before extending away again with a 70, featuring five birdies and two bogeys. When you get out of position you have to try to salvage par and that's what I did.

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So when he saw Mickelson in person at the WGC this weekend, he excitedly went up to meet him but the Hall of Famer thought he was a journalist and dismissed him.

On Thursday following a 72 that Thomas said was "probably the worst I've ever felt over the ball in my life", last week's victor at the Honda Classic was back in familiar form with a course-record 62 on Day 3 that lifted him into the top 10.

Sharma has gone about his business in Mexico so quietly that when he sheepishly approached Mickelson, a 42-time PGA TOUR victor, at the practice putting green to introduce himself prior to his third round, the World Golf Hall of Famer initially waved him away thinking he was a journalist. It ended with one of the best shots in WGC history, a walk-off eagle to get to 16-under.

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The players from 19 different countries will navigate the narrow, tree-lined Club de Golf Chapultepec as they vie for the title. That means Johnson is virtually certain to stay No. 1 in the world. "It's not a bad way at all (to finish).

"I made a big leap this week".

Woods finished with four birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey on 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. "Otherwise I just got the ball in play all day and it was great to finish with three birdies in a row", said Sharma.

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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 need to keep it feeling good. "I heard it from a hole back". I haven't been able to move much the last three months. "Then he just realized it and said, 'So sorry, I thought you were media.' He said 'Hi, ' I said, 'Hi.' Then he made a few putts and he came back to me and said, 'Have a good day.' It was nice". "I don't see why me, or any other Indian, can't win a Major", Lal told Gulf News.

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