Not right now, Mickelson tells Mexico Championship leader Sharma

Debutant Sharma moves into lead at halfway stage of World Golf Championship in Mexico

After grabbing control of the WGC-Mexico Championship 2018 on Friday, Shubhankar Sharma kept rolling on Saturday to hold on to the lead heading into the final round.

Sharma had never seen such large crowds following him, and it's still hard to digest seeing so many players he only knew from the middle of the night in Chandigarh, when he would stay up to watch the majors.

"He thought we were media and he said, "not right now, after the round", Sharma said of the World Golf Hall of Famer.

He's playing his first Tour event and admitted that there has been a nonstop parade of surreal moments this week as he found himself side by side with the players he's watched and idolized for years.

Justin Thomas of the United States produced the round of the day, carding a course record 62 to cut the deficit to Sharma to four strokes in a tournament that is one of the four annual World Golf Championships organised by the International Federation of PGA Tours.

From global journeyman to the doorstep of PGA Tour stardom in three months, Ferdinand Magellan didn't cover that much ground.

World No. 1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 68 to share sixth place, three behind Sharma, who has literally taken the world by storm with a measured and composed performance this week.

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"I feel like I'm in a really good position", Johnson said.

Sharma, who would become the first player in 30 years to win in his first PGA Tour start if he prevails on Sunday, is already a twice victor on the European Tour this year.

"Then he just realised (and said) "so sorry, I thought you were media". ― Reuters picMEXICO CITY, March 4 ― Phil Mickelson dismissed Shubhankar Sharma as a member of the media at the WGC-Mexico Championship yesterday, but the veteran American will not mistake the Indian when they play together in the final threesome today. A victory in this World Golf Championship would be his third in his last eight starts and likely put him in the top 25.

Phil Mickelson played bogey-free for a 65 that will put him in the last group with Sharma and Tyrrell Hatton of England, who had a 64. He added, "I made a few mistakes on the greens but the greens are tough this week so I think everyone's making a few mistakes". "The little bogeys I made were three-putts".

As for winning for the first time since the 2013 British Open?

"There is a very good chance it will [happen tomorrow'], but if it doesn't it's going to happen soon because I am playing too well for it not to".

"It went on until six in the morning back home", Sharma recalled.

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