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Now the 21-year-old from India has to hold off a few of golf's biggest names. So far, he has won twice on the European Tour since December, and he leads the Race to Dubai rankings with earnings close to €750,000 (Rs6 crore approximately).

"Relatively new", Rafa Cabrera Bello shrugged. "For me, it's actually nearly like watching TV".

India's Shubhankar Sharma remains on course for a shock victory at the World Golf Championship as he held on to his two-shot lead with a par-saving putt on the final hole in Mexico City. Sure, those names sound familiar.

As a teenager, Shubhankar Sharma spent hours watching his golfing heroes on television.

Before that Joburg Open breakthrough he didn't have a victory on a major tour anywhere in the world, he didn't have a European Tour card and he was 462nd in the world ranking.

Lucky for us, the PGA Tour feels like the same way and posted the incredible hole-in-one to Twitter.

He's 21 going on 31 with a calm mind that has transcended the brightest lights of a World Golf Championship.

Once again, Sharma put himself in good position to end the tournament in the top spot.

But the 11-12 footer on the 18th for par did see him heave a sigh of relief and a fist pump.

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"To be honest, I'm actually relaxed now", he said. I remember all the majors pretty much by heart and pretty much all the shots, and I remember Phil winning in 2013 and the shot on the 13th was just fabulous. Mom as well. But yeah, dad and me are very passionate about it.

Here's what you need to know about Sharma.

Justin Thomas charged into contention at the WGC-Mexico Championship with a course-record 62 in the third round at Chapultepec Golf Club. I rolled it good.

An eagle on Friday at the short par-four first hole, where he drove the ball to inside two feet for a tap-in, changed that and bogeys at the next two holes proved minor setbacks.

Mickelson could perhaps be excused for not recognising Sharma, who has never played in the United States. At least Sharma got the introductions out of the way before Saturday's round.

"He thought we were media and he said, "not right now, after the round", Sharma told reporters, laughing as he recalled the matter.

"Then he just realised and said, "So sorry, I thought you were media", and he said "hi", I said hi".

Sharma has gone about his business in Mexico so quietly that when he sheepishly approached Mickelson, a 42-time PGA TOUR victor, at the practice putting green to introduce himself prior to his third round, the World Golf Hall of Famer initially waved him away thinking he was a journalist. "Phil is a legend", he said. A victory in this World Golf Championship would be his third in his last eight starts and likely put him in the top 25. "I think it just pushes guys like me to play even better". "I met him for the first time today and it's great that I'm paired with him tomorrow". It went on until 6 in the morning back home.

For three days, Sharma has exuded a quiet confidence and a refreshing indifference to his situation.


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