Oosthuizen leading after WGC Mexico first round

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Ireland's Paul Dunne booked a place in the tournament by way of his top-20 finish in last year's Race to Dubai but all did not go to plan for the Greystones man on the opening day as he could only manage a round of 73 to finish at two over par, nine shots off the lead held by Louis Oosthuizen at seven under.

Three weeks after lifting a fourth European Tour title in Perth, the world No. 40 is keen to keep his name up on the leaderboard as he bids to improve on his previous best WGC finish of T18 at the 2016 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

"I'm really pleased with the way I played".

Xander Schauffele also shot a 65, while defending champion Dustin Johnson carded a 69.

Despite missing the cut by one stroke in Oman and Qatar over the past fortnight, Sharma produced a flawless display which his caddie Gurbaaz Mann, a former Asian Tour player himself, described as "complete".

Instead, Thursday at Chapultepec Golf Club delivered a mixed bag of compelling, if not little-known, players and just as many out-of-character performances.

"To be honest, I'm actually relaxed now", he said."I just wanted the first round to get out of the way", said Sharma, who has been hooked on golf ever since he was introduced to the game by his father as a six-year-old.

"I didn't want to come here and just be happy to be part of it and just make up the numbers", he said. "Was pretty happy with the way I drove the ball and I think that was the key". "To play as well as I did and shoot a good score against the world's best players and be right up there, I " m just delighted".

Thomas, who is fresh off his eighth Tour victory last week at the Honda Classic, couldn't say the same thing.

To be fair, Oosthuizen is hardly a journeyman and he's certainly comfortable on the biggest stages (see Open Championship, 2010); and Rahm, who finished third here past year in his debut and can overtake Johnson this week as world No. 1 depending on a variety of scenarios, has emerged as a bona fide world-beater. "I really kind of started on Tuesday, wasn't swinging it very well, and then yesterday I just was hitting it terrible". Let's take a look at the players who will rise to the top of this elite field. With AP Photos.Louis Oosthuizen made a short eagle putt late in his round and made birdies on two of the short par 4s for a 7-under 64 to lead the Mexico Championship.

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