Sharma grabs second-round lead in Mexico

Sharma grabs second-round lead in Mexico

Bland is at 5-under and T14 with 36 holes to play but it is the 21-year-old from India who is the surprise performer so far, the only player double digits under par after opening scores of 66-65.

With his two-day total of 11-under 131, Sharma finds himself in dreamland as he leads the likes of reigning Masters Tournament champion Sergio Garcia (65), 2017 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, Xander Schauffele (68) and Rafa Cabrera Bello (67), who share second place on 133.

Louis Oosthuizen shot an impressive seven-under 64 on Thursday to hold the lead after the opening round, but he was unable to duplicate that effort as he dropped four spots into a logjam.

Those wins have put Sharma top of the European Tour's Race to Dubai, while he has also risen to 75th in the official world golf ranking.

Success has come quick for the youngest player in the field.

"Everything has happened so fast for me", Sharma said.

"It's really been an experience and I just topped it off by playing well in the first two days so I'm really happy with everything".

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"When I came out on Monday I was so overawed by just so many people being here and so many kids coming up to me and asking for autographs", he told PGA Tour radio after his round.

Though unheralded entering the exclusive tournament, Sharma - the 75th-ranked player in the world - has been in great form this season. "I'm really happy I'm playing at such a high level with all the great players out there".

"Practising with all these good players on the range, [Jordan] Spieth was right behind me, and after a couple shots just stepped back and watched and then Dustin [Johnson] replaced him, so it's like I couldn't ask for anything better".

Having made a flawless start by driving to a couple of feet on the reachable first and converting for eagle, Sharma three-putted the second and third for consecutive bogeys. "And yeah, I've had a lot of fun".

Sharma reached 11 under overall after birdieing his last three holes.

England's Chris Paisley went from six-under-par midway through his second round to two-under-par after dropping four shots in three holes on his back nine. However, he rebounded on the back nine with a bogey-free five-under 31.

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