Shubhankar Sharma hit a 3-wood that landed on the green and settled 2 feet away for an eagle on the opening hole of the Mexico Championship in Mexico City. He finished with three straight birdies for a 5-under-par 66. And, in his first World Golf Championship, he takes a two-shot lead into the weekend.
‘‘I worked all my life to come and play at a high stage like this,’’ said Sharma, who turned pro when he was 16 years old.
‘‘You have to expect great things from yourself if you want to play at a high stage. I just try and not think of anything before I start. I just try and concentrate on the success, and just let things go.’’
Sharma, 21, overcame a pair of three-putt bogeys early in his round and was at 11-under 131.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia had a 65 and was two shots behind, along with Xander Schauffele (66) and Rafa Cabrera Bello (67).
Sharma had such control over his game that he putted for birdie on every hole except the par-4 eighth, where he escaped from the trees into a bunker, blasted out to 12 feet, and saved par.
LPGA — The distraction of a chipped tooth proved to be no problem for Danielle Kang as she shot an 8-under 64 to take a four-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Women’s World Championship in Singapore.
Kang, who won last year’s Women’s PGA Championship for her first major title, equaled the record at Sentosa Golf Club to lead at 12-under 132.
Nelly Korda, whose sister Jessica won the LPGA event in Thailand last week, had a 66 to tie for second with fellow American Alex Marina (67) while Minjee Lee (66), Cristie Kerr (67), and Chella Choi (69) were another stroke back at 7 under.
European — George Coetzee shot a second-round 64 on the course he grew up playing on to lead the Tshwane Open by one at the midway mark in Pretoria, South Africa.
Coetzee made six birdies on the back nine and seven overall to go to 11 under overall, jump six places up the leaderboard, and move ahead of Felipe Aguilar (67) and Mikko Korhonen (64).
Champions — In Tucson, Ariz., Scott Dunlap and Tommy Tolles topped the Cologuard Classic leaderboard at 8-under 65, with Steve Stricker a stroke back in a bid for his first Champions title.
Dunlap closed his bogey-free round with birdies on par-5 eighth and par-4 ninth. Tolles birdied the par-4 18th for a share of the lead. He also had a bogey-free day.
University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small matched Stricker at 66.
Gene Sauers opened with a 67, and Bernhard Langer, Billy Mayfair, and Woody Austin shot 68. Langer birdied three of the last four holes. The 60-year-old German star won seven times last season, three of the victories in majors.
Defending champion Tom Lehman, playing alongside Stricker, had a 71.
Len Mattiace also shot 71 in his senior debut. The two-time PGA Tour winner turned 50 in October.
John Daly was last in the 78-player field with an 80. He had one birdie, six bogeys, and a double bogey on the par-5 15th.