Mexico City, March 4: Young Indian prospect Shubhankar Sharma bravely maintained his overnight two-shot lead following the third round of the $10 million World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship here.
The 21-year-old Sharma ground out a two-under 69 which included a clutch 13-foot par save on the 18th hole at the Club de Golf Chapultepec here on Saturday as he held off the likes of Phil Mickelson (65), Tyrrell Hatton (64), Sergio Garcia (69) and Rafa Cabrera Bello (69) on Saturday.
World number 1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 68 to share sixth place, three behind Sharma, who was literally taken the world by storm with a measured and composed performance this week.
With so much at stake where a victory over the game’s top stars will be worth $1.7 million in prize money, an exemption onto the PGA TOUR through the 2020-21 season, 550 FedExCup points and starts in almost every major championship including THE PLAYERS Championship this season, the talented Indian is looking forward to the fil round. Obviously a dream come true for me to be playing in this tourment and obviously leading, that’s just fantastic.
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.
In his biggest test yet, the current number 1 on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai and Asian Tour’s Habitat for Humanity standings will be grouped with five-time major winner Mickelson and England’s Hatton as he bids to become the youngest player to win a World Golf Championships tourment and only the second Asian after Hideki Matsuyama of Japan to do so. IANS