Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Farmer Oosthuizen plants himself in WGC-Mexico lead

Farmer Oosthuizen plants himself in WGC-Mexico lead

Sharma doesn't intend to lose his focus after getting the first round tucked away comfortably, in what is his first World Championship tournament that also includes the top 5 players in the world. The last six winners of this event, which moved to Mexico from Doral previous year, include Johnson (who has won twice), Adam Scott, Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods (a seven-time champion) and Rose.

"I had some really good holes, I had some really bad holes". It was his fifth World Golf Championships title in his first start at No. 1 in the world, a position he has kept all year. That is over just four tournaments this year. "It was either hit a good shot or I was probably going into a playoff".

Thanks to a well-earned victory at the World Super 6 Perth three weeks ago, the Asian strongman intends to improve on his career best finish at the World Golf Championships where his best effort remains a tied 18th outing in the 2016 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. "And I proved to myself that I can roll it, so I'll just do the same things that I've been doing", he said. This is the biggest event I've ever played in. Given how well he is playing, I see him performing even better this year.

Oosthuizen made a short eagle putt late in his round and birdies on two of the short par 4s for a 7-under 64.

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"Yeah, I feel comfortable and confident with the way I'm swinging, the way I'm striking the golf ball".

Oosthuizen is a well known name on the PGA Tour, but he only owns one tour win at the Open Championship in 2010. I think it's more consistent now and playing smart, playing not just driver on every single shot.

Justin Thomas, who won last weekend at PGA National, got off to a rough start with a 1-over 72, but has plenty of time to make up ground as this event does not feature a cut. It's just that since their inception, the World Golf Championship events have largely been the domain of the game's most recognizable players, a dependable catalyst that produces predictably impressive contenders and champions.

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