The 21-year-old debutant is two in front of the rest of the field heading into tomorrow's final day at the Club de Golf Chapultepec. As Hatton and Thomas showed, there can be a lot of movement in one day.
Sharma was at 13-under 200 and is one round away from capping an unbelievable rise.
At 5-foot-9, he's not an imposing figure on the course, but his calm demeanor is a big reason for his success.
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.
Without a semblance of anxiety, Sharma firmly stroked his...
It's been another year of exciting performances at the World Golf Championship Mexico Championship. According to the Asian Tour standings, Sharma has earned $500,000 so far this season.
The rise of players like Sharma brings hope to golf.
He could also drastically change the narrative, from who is Shubhankar Sharma to what will he do next?
With the chasing pack gathering, the first test for Shubhankar Sharma came on the first hole of his third round at the WGC Mexico Championship. He said "Hi". I said "Hi".
Other players have started to take notice of Sharma's game. His caddie, Gurbaaz Mann, played at Arizona State and walked over with him to meet Mickelson.
"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. (I'm) very, very happy that I could grind out a par on the last hole.
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. Seven birdies kept the pressure on Sharma. A victory in the World Golf Championship would be his third title in his last eight starts, and likely put him in the top 25.
He's 21 going on 31 with a calm mind that has transcended the brightest lights of a World Golf Championship. Something a player from India has never done.
"I have been away from the game for a long enough time that I saw a side of the public I didn't know".
Sharma is not your prototypical modern professional. In 2016, Sharma continued to have success, finishing third at the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open and fourth at the Resorts World Manila Masters. Three months after winning that first event, Sharma is on the verge of another major breakthrough, holding the 54-hole lead in his first PGA event. He added, "I made a few mistakes on the greens but the greens are tough this week so I think everyone's making a few mistakes".
"I am so proud of myself and how I played".
Michelle Wie birdied four of her first five holes for a 66 to finish five shots adrift on 10-under, alongside Jessica Korda (68), Jin Yong Ko (67) and Marina Alex (70), who bogeyed three of her last four holes after briefly threatening for the lead.
His dad is a former Colonel in the Indian Army.
Mickelson might have heard about Sharma, the only two-time victor on the European Tour this season and the Race to Dubai leader. In fact, Tusha was the doctor who delivered Sharma's younger sister.