Golf: Sharma upstages big names to take halfway lead in Mexico

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma plays his shot from the eighth tee, during the second round of the World Golf Championship in Mexico City on March 2, 2018.
Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma plays his shot from the eighth tee, during the second round of the World Golf Championship in Mexico City on March 2, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - India's Shubhankar Sharma upstaged the biggest names in golf by eagling the first hole en route to a two-shot halfway lead at the WGC-Mexico Championship on Friday (March 2).

In his first appearance in a World Golf Championships event, the 21-year-old added a five-under 66 to his opening round 65 to finish at 11-under 131 for the tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City.

The Spanish duo of Sergio Garcia (65) and Rafa Cabrera Bello (67) were in a share of second with American Xander Schauffele (68) on nine-under.

First-round leader Louis Oosthuizen (71) backtracked to fall four shots off the pace in a large group also including defending champion Dustin Johnson (66).

Sharma entered the week already ranked first on the European Tour after two early-season victories, in South Africa and Malaysia.