Sharma grabs second-round lead in Mexico

India's Shubhankar Sharma opened with an eagle and closed with three consecutive birdies to seize a two-stroke lead after Friday's second round of the WGC Mexico Championship.

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

Bland is at 5-under and T14 with 36 holes to play but it is the 21-year-old from India who is the surprise performer so far, the only player double digits under par after opening scores of 66-65.

Sharma's lead at the top is two from American Xander Schauffele and the Spanish pair of Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello with another two shots back to a group of seven players at 7-under and T5.

Paul Dunne's mission to make the Masters fizzled out in Mexico after a second-round four-over-par 75 left him six-over at the WGC-Mexico Championship. "On the safer side, not too many birdies but no bogeys".

Leader Sharma said afterwards: "I'm really happy".

"I'm really pleased with the way I played". Played so well, and the bogeys that I made today were just three putts. Otherwise I just get the ball in play all day and it was great to finish with three birdies in a row.

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"When I came out on Monday I was so overawed by just so many people being here and so many kids coming up to me and asking for autographs", he told PGA Tour radio after his round.

"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". You have to expect great things from yourself if you want to play at a high stage, said Sharma.

Having made a ideal start by driving to a couple of feet on the reachable first and converting for eagle, Sharma three-putted the second and third for consecutive bogeys.

Starting his day from the 10th tee, Sharma birdied 11 and 12 from 13 and two feet respectively before rolling in a tricky 15-footer for his third birdie on 18.

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

  • Lawrence Cooper