WATCH Justin Thomas hole out for walk-off eagle at WGC-Mexico

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He had five birdies and three bogeys in his two-under par 69 at Club de Golf Chapultepec near Mexico City, where his 13-under par total of 200 put him two clear of five-time major victor Phil Mickelson, reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton and Rafa Cabrera Bello. For all the unknowns that come with Sharma, there's nothing but proven products lurking behind him.

"I had nine putts on the back nine, which is really awesome, " Henderson said.

After all, the 21-year-old Indian has been creating headlines during his first PGA Tour event.

On Thursday following a 72 that Thomas said was "probably the worst I've ever felt over the ball in my life", last week's victor at the Honda Classic was back in familiar form with a course-record 62 on Day 3 that lifted him into the top 10.

Going into the final round, world No. 1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson headed a group on 203 that also included last year's PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele, Pat Perez and Brian Harman.

After his only bogeys at the second and third holes, Sharma had back-to-back birdies at the par-5 11th from 10 feet and the par-4 12th from 23 feet.

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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. "I think it just pushes guys like me to play even better", added the Indian.

Mickelson could perhaps be excused for not recognising Sharma, who has never played in the United States. "Phil is a legend", he said.

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Despite two European Tour victories already this season ― in South Africa and Malaysia ― it is fair to say a Sharma victory on Sunday would reverberate around the golf world.

He will be paired up with Tyrell Hatton and Phil Mickelson on Sunday. And then he made a few putts and then he came back to me and said, "Have a good day".

For a player who is almost five years removed from his last victory (2013 Open Championship) the confidence has returned. "Who knows what's going to happen, but I'm definitely moving in the right direction". It went on until 6 in the morning back home.