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Mexico Championship: Shubhankar Sharma leads on debut, Sergio Garcia behind

Mexico Championship: Shubhankar Sharma leads on debut, Sergio Garcia behind

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 earned his place in this week's field courtesy of two early season victories on the European Tour which has him leading the Race to Dubai but his step up in form in this class of field has been a revelation. He will have to fight off numerous top players in the world.

"I've been good at my yardages this week which I wasn't really comfortable with on Monday", he said.

"This is such a big event, I would say this is taking some pressure off me, playing well on this course. I mean, just bad drives on three holes and I didn't seem to putt well", said Kiradech, who is a former Asian Tour number one.

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

Dunlap closed his bogey-free, 8-under 85 with birdies on par-5 eighth and par-4 ninth. His birdie run on the back nine started on 11th, when he reached the green in two at par-5 11th and birdied from under 10 feet. "The little bogeys I made were three-putts". Otherwise I just get the ball in play all day and it was great to finish with three birdies in a row.

Sharma has an opportunity to become only the second player to win his US PGA Tour debut after Jim Benepe at the 1988 Western Open. Three excellent tee shots gave him just the chance at Par-4 16th he hit his approach to within two feet and on Par-3 17th, he hit his tee shot to inside 10 feet and holed it and closed the day with another flawless approach shot to just over 10 feet from 143 yards and birdied it. He was at 65, along with Xander Schauffele.

"I haven't been consistent with my putting", Cabrera Bello said. "Let's hope I make a lot of (birdies and eagles) and I can donate as much money as possible".

Last year's victor, Dustin Johnson, still has some work to do if he's going to capture his third title in this tournament.

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