Louis Oosthuizen plants himself in WGC-Mexico lead

India’s Shubhankar Sharma will take part in the 2018 World Golf Championship to be held in Mexico from March 1-4

There were moments of normality early on Thursday when Bubba Watson, who won his last start at the Genesis Open and already has a WGC on his resume (2015 HSBC Champions), moved to 7 under for a two-stroke lead following three consecutive birdies at the turn, but the left-hander's unraveling was as sudden as it was spectacular when he played Nos.

Louis Oosthuizen has always been a quality over quantity player, rarely playing more than 20 events a season and saving his best play for marquee events.

Major victor Louis Oosthuizen enjoyed his lowest round at a World Golf Championships event after earning a one-stroke lead following day one of the WGC-Mexico Championship. The highlight was a near-ace at the 17th, his eighth hole of the day - where his tee shot spun within inches of the cup.

"It's great, a bit surreal in some ways", Paisley told Sky Sports.

Oosthuizen carded five birdies and an eagle at Chapultepec Golf Club to set the clubhouse target at seven under, with Paisley one of three players a stroke off the pace on his World Golf Championship debut.

"My putting was really good", Paisley added.

"I didn't want to come here and just be happy to be part of it and just make up the numbers". (It was) a bit of a scrappy finish with a few missed clubs and a poor shot on 17 but I held it together.

Oosthuizen, who finished 24th in the Honda Classic last week after a disappointing final round of 75, said: "I've been hitting it really good for the last three or four weeks, two of those just practising back at Palm Beach and last week I felt I played really well and just caught up in the Bear Trap on Sunday".

"I gave myself a lot of chances but they're tough greens to putt on and to hole as many putts as I did, I'm delighted". "It's nice just aiming a little left and swinging away", the South African said.

Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, at 5-under, sit just two off the lead heading into Friday. Right behind were two players making their first appearances in a World Golf Championship.

Defending champion and World Number One Dustin Johnson is on the same mark as Leishman after a roller coaster round which featured a double bogey and two bogeys against six birdies.

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