Oosthuizen leads in Mexico
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Mar 04, 2018,
Mar 04, 2018, 1:44
"My golf game is in great shape", said a delighted Kiradech.
Paisley birdied his opening hole at the par-71 layout, which is more than 7,500 feet above sea level at its highest point, before draining a 30-footer at the second and posting back-to-back gains from the fifth.
"This week is all about distance control. If you get defensive or you back off at all against players like you've got this week, then you've got no chance of winning".
The 28-year-old, who played in all four rounds at The Honda Classic on the PGA TOUR last week, is pushing hard for a top finish in Mexico to enhance his bid to earn his PGA TOUR card for the first time in his career.
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.
Starting at the 10th Dunne was in trouble early on with bogeys at three of his first five holes before he pulled a shot back thanks to a magnificent approach to the 16th - his eighth hole - which spun back and lipped out of the hole, nearly going in for an eagle two. "I drove it pretty well and I've got a lot of confidence in my driver".
"Had a nice little cut going with it, just aiming it a little left and just swing away".
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.
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Paisley, 31, earned his first European Tour title at the BMW SA Open in January.
"This is such a big event, I would say this is taking some pressure off me, playing well on this course".
Sharma intends to keep his foot on the pedal despite being in his first WGC tournament which is featuring 45 of the world's top-five players this week. "I wanted to kind of press on and that's what I did", Paisley said. "The way I hit it, I probably should not have shot 2 under".
Schauffele had six birdies in his 65.
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.
Spanish star Jon Rahm had six birdies and two bogeys for a 67 to be outright seventh at four under heading into the second round.