Oosthuizen starts strong in Mexico

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04 March, 2018

That secured his World Golf Championship debut in Mexico City via the top 10 on the European Tour's Race to Dubai and the 31-year-old from Hexham made the most of his opportunity in an elite 64-man field competing for a winner's cheque of $1.2million from a prize fund of $7.2million.

World number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson shot 69, but last year's runner-up and European number one Tommy Fleetwood struggled to a 72.

Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, at 5-under, sit just two off the lead heading into Friday. He has a chance of adding to his trophy case after shooting a bogey free round on Thursday. His highest finish in a WGC event is 4th.

Both Sharma and Paisley are winners in Europe already this year, Paisley claiming a maiden title at the South African Open while Sharma has stunned the golf world with victories at both the Joburg Open in December and the Maybank Championship in Malaysia last month.

However, two more bogeys on his back nine left him floundering at four over before late birdies at his 15th and 18th limited the damage.

"I've been swinging it pretty good the last two or three weeks".

Paisley's himself praised this new rising star Cameron Paisley.

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"It's the biggest tournament I've played in by a long stretch", Paisley said. "To play as well as I did and shoot a great score against the world's best players and to be right up there, I'm just delighted".

Last week's Honda Classic victor, Justin Thomas, never found his rhythm in the opening round and signed for a 1-over 72to be T39.

Oosthuizen was flawless at Club de Golf Chapultepec, holing an eagle and five birdies as he posted his lowest round at any of the four World Golf Championships.

"I'm just playing really solid", Oosthuizen told Sky Sports. Updates with Sharma at 65.

Hot on his heels are a trio of players getting their first taste of World Golf Championship play.

But then, while it might be billboards that sell tickets and generate interest, it's the names on the leaderboard that count once the competition has started, whether that lineup includes a superstar cast or not.


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