Kiradech at tied 4th in WGC Mexico Championship

  • Kiradech at tied 4th in WGC Mexico Championship

Kiradech at tied 4th in WGC Mexico Championship

"I was very nervous in the morning, but very happy with the way I put it all together", Sharma said.

Johnson, 33, has enjoyed plenty of success at WGC events and first won this tournament in 2015, when it was held at Trump National Doral in Miami.

But for him to defend his title, he will have to fight off every top 50 player except for Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, and Brooks Koepka, making it as deep a field as one will find ahead of the Masters. "I've been hitting it really good over the past three or four weeks".

"I'm really pleased with the way I played".

Despite missing the cut by one stroke in Oman and Qatar over the past fortnight, Sharma produced a flawless display which his caddie Gurbaaz Mann, a former Asian Tour player himself, described as "complete".

With the three-lined Chapultepec course being over 7,000 feet above sea level which results in golf balls flying further, Kiradech believes the key to his solid start was due to his ability to manage his distance control.

Among the other top players in the field this week are world number two Jon Rahm, who finished third here a year ago, and reigning Player of the Year Justin Thomas, fresh from his Sunday triumph at the Honda Open and showing no signs of slowing down.

The dropped shot moved him from 3-under and a share of eighth to 2-under and T13 though the tricky nature of the course means anything under par on day one was well earned.

"It's the biggest tournament I've played in by a long stretch", Paisley said. But I did putt pretty well. "I really kind of started on Tuesday, wasn't swinging it very well, and then yesterday I just was hitting it terrible".

Last week's Honda Classic victor, Justin Thomas, never found his rhythm in the opening round and signed for a 1-over 72to be T39. "So I was very happy with the way I drove the ball", he said.

To be fair, Oosthuizen is hardly a journeyman and he's certainly comfortable on the biggest stages (see Open Championship, 2010); and Rahm, who finished third here previous year in his debut and can overtake Johnson this week as world No. 1 depending on a variety of scenarios, has emerged as a bona fide world-beater.

Oosthuizen was flawless at Club de Golf Chapultepec, holing an eagle and five birdies as he posted his lowest round at any of the four World Golf Championships.