Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma, 21, holds his nerve and lead in Mexico

Phil Mickelson's confidence is high after his fine recent run

Sharma is eyeing to become the first since Jim Benepe at the 1988 Western Open to win a first US PGA Tour title in the tour debut.

"Relatively new", Rafa Cabrera Bello shrugged.

"I definitely feel better, it was only an issue Wednesday night really and the Imodium has helped a lot", Hatton told Sky Sports after a flawless 64. "For me, it's actually nearly like watching TV".

Phil Mickelson was forgiven for mistaking India's Shubhankar Sharma for a member of the media at the WGC-Mexico Championship on Saturday. Sure, those names sound familiar.

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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.

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

"It went on until six in the morning back home", Sharma, who turned professional at 16, recalled. He doesn't crush the ball off the tee, he's not an imposing figure, standing just 5-feet-9, but through 54 holes he stood his ground against the game's best, posting rounds of 65-66-69 for a 13-under total.

But the 11-12 footer on the 18th for par did see him heave a sigh of relief and a fist pump. He said "Hi". I said "Hi". "This is such a big event, I would say this is taking some pressure off me, playing well on this course". "I'm very happy with that".

He will need more of that on Sunday. "You know that good feeling is on the other side".

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

Top-ranked defending champion Dustin Johnson eagled from 112 yards at the par-4 ninth, landing the ball beyond the hole with a 60-degree wedge and back-spinning it into the cup.

"I'm not expecting to have a very good chance to win the tournament but if I do it will be a huge bonus".

"I felt like I didn't have a whole lot of control today, but I putted really well", he said. "So there is a low one in there, hopefully it's tomorrow".

And after opening rounds of 65 and 66 gave Sharma a two-shot lead at the halfway stage, he added a third round of 69 to finish 13 under par, two ahead of Masters champion Sergio Garcia, five-time major victor Phil Mickelson, Tyrrell Hatton and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

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