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Louis Oosthuizen leads as Chris Paisley impresses at WGC-Mexico

Louis Oosthuizen leads as Chris Paisley impresses at WGC-Mexico

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 South African veteran had five birdies and an eagle on the 15th hole to cap a bogey-free day at Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City.

South Africa's Oosthuizen was blemish free in his 64 to be one ahead of three players - Chris Paisley of England, Xander Schauffele of the United States and impressive Indian Shubankhar Sharma.

"I've been swinging it pretty good the last two or three weeks".

Defending champion Dustin Johnson opened with a 69.

Paisley birdied his opening hole at the par-71 layout, which is more than 7,500 feet above sea level at its highest point, before draining a 30-footer at the second and posting back-to-back gains from the fifth.

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Fifa's president, Gianni Infantino , was also in attendance, along with Iranian Sport Minister Masoud Soltanifar. A group of female fans that had bought the tickets for the game were told they could not enter the stadium.

It was a mixed day for Johnson aside from the near-ace, adding six birdies, a double bogey and two bogeys. (It was) a bit of a scrappy finish with a few missed clubs and a poor shot on 17 but I held it together.

Race to Dubai leader Shubhankar Sharma, playing in the final group, made it a three-way tie for second by nudging home a final-hole birdie after the weather delay, with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the group two off the pace.

"It's probably the worst I've ever felt over the ball in my life".

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. "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. Paisley and Sharm both have wins on the European Tour this season whilst the American Shauffele picked up two wins on the PGA Tour last season, including the lucrative end of season Tour Championship.

The billboards around Chapultepec understandably include the likes of Johnson, Spieth, Fowler and Thomas.


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