Louis Oosthuizen has early lead at WGC-Mexico Championship

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Golf: Louis Oosthuizen holds early WGC Mexico lead
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04 March, 2018

South Africa's Oosthuizen was blemish free in his 64 to be one ahead of three players - Chris Paisley of England, Xander Schauffele of the United States and impressive Indian Shubankhar Sharma. "I'm obviously surprised I've gone out and shot six-under and I'm in second place - that's kind of surpassed my expectations". "I was very nervous in the morning, but very happy with the way I put it all together", Sharma said after sticking his approach to two feet for birdie at his final hole.

"I had some really good holes, I had some really bad holes", Johnson said. I was also really happy with the birdie I made on 18.

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

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". "When it's hot, the ball travels farther and when it's in the shade you can drop a couple yards", said Kiradech, who averaged 1.65 putts per green in regulation. I just wanted the first round to get out of the way.

Oosthuizen has won just once on the PGA Tour, claiming the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrew's. "I really kind of started on Tuesday, wasn't swinging it very well, and then yesterday I just was hitting it terrible".

Sharma, who like Paisley is making his first Tour start and at this point past year was plying his trade on the Asian Tour, had no such problems with his swing or Chapultepec and was a ideal 6-for-6 in scrambling on his way to a 65. He made six birdies for the round.

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World No 1 Dustin Johnson began his title defence with a two-under 69, on a day where play was suspended for 30 minutes late in the afternoon due to the threat of lightning.

Justin Thomas didn't carry over his best form from last week's playoff victory at the Honda Classic. But I did putt pretty well.

Paisley held the outright lead after following a front nine of 31 with birdies on the 10th, 14th and 15th, but bogeyed the 16th shortly before Oosthuizen added an eagle on the 15th to five earlier birdies to vault to the top of the leaderboard.

"At times it has been a great struggle because I know I can win out here, but I just never have been given that chance yet", Song said.

TSHWANE OPEN: In Pretoria, South Africa, Louis de Jager's strong finish gave him a one-shot lead after the first round of the Tshwane Open.


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