Shubhankar Sharma takes two-shot lead at World Golf Championships

  • Shubhankar Sharma takes two-shot lead at World Golf Championships

Shubhankar Sharma takes two-shot lead at World Golf Championships

India's Shubhankar Sharma, the youngest competitor in the field, takes a two-shot lead into the weekend of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.

The 21-year-old debutant produced a brilliant display to move to the summit of the standings at the Club de Golf Chapultepec.

American Xander Schauffele and Spanairds Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello share second behind Sharma, who is making his WGC debut this week.

Leader Louis Oosthuizen headed Xander Schauffele, Sharma and Chris Paisley by a stroke on a day when defending champion Dustin Johnson hit a 69 that included a near ace at the 17th, his ball landing beyond the pin and spinning back nearly into the hole.

Adam Bland and Mark Leishman the highest-placed Australians at five under after two rounds.

Leader Sharma said afterwards: "I'm really happy". "To play as well as I did and shoot a good score against the world's best players and be right up there, Im just delighted".

"I played so well, and the bogeys that I made today were just three-putts".

"I just kept the ball in play", Sharma said.

"I thought about nothing, I just wanted to have fun".

"I was struggling with it on Monday and put in some work the last two days".

"This is such a big event, I would say this is taking some pressure off me, playing well on this course".

Shubhankar Sharma watches his shot during the second round of the WGC-Mexico Championship golf tournament in Mexico City March 2, 2018.

"I worked all my life to come and play at a high stage like this". He has won twice on the European Tour this season and is out to improve from his current 75th in the world to a top 50 spot that would see him into the Masters.

The highlight was a near-ace at the 17th, his eighth hole of the day - where his tee shot spun within inches of the cup.

He moved into sole lead at that stage, but back-to-back three-putts on the next two holes saw him slip back to overnight six-under.

Birdies at the 11th and 15th came either side of a double bogey at the 12th with three other bogeys leaving him to sign for 75.

Schauffele goes into the weekend bogey-free after the 24-year-old carded three birdies in a 68.