After grabbing control of the WGC-Mexico Championship 2018 on Friday, Shubhankar Sharma kept rolling on Saturday to hold on to the lead heading into the final round.
The 21-year-old Sharma entered the day with a two-stroke lead after shooting a 66 on Day 2. A 69 in the third round helped him maintain his lead.
For much of the day, a pack of players—including Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia—battled to keep pace not only with Sharma but also with each other for second place. However, a logjam still remains behind the leader.
As for reigning champ Dustin Johnson, he will need a strong finish to capture his third title at the event. He enters Sunday three strokes back of the lead.
Check out the roundup of Saturday's third round of the WGC-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec, complete with an updated leaderboard and highlights of the day's best action.
Saturday Leaderboard (To Par)
1. Shubhankar Sharma 69 (-13)
T2. Tyrrell Hatton 64 (-11)
T2. Phil Mickelson 65 (-11)
T2. Sergio Garcia 69 (-11)
T2. Rafael Cabrera Bello 69 (-11)
T6. Pat Perez 68 (-10)
T6. Dustin Johnson 68 (-10)
T6. Brian Harman 68 (-10)
T6. Xander Schauffele 70 (-10)
10. Justin Thomas 62 (-9)
Visit the official PGA Tour website to view the leaderboard in full.
Once again, Sharma put himself in good position to end the tournament in the top spot. After a five-under on Friday, a two-under 69 kept him in the lead. It was a fast start, which saw him convert three birdies in his first six holes, that helped set the tone for the day, as the PGA Tour Twitter account showed:
Nobody, not even Sharma, had a better day than Justin Thomas. The 24-year-old surged up the leaderboard with a 62 that saw him notch eight birdies and an eagle.
Overall, it was a record-setting day for the American golfer:
Thomas' strong Day 3 wasn't enough to catch the leader, but he sits now four strokes back with one round to play.
While his seven-under wasn't quite as impressive as Thomas' nine-under, Tyrrell Hatton made serious moves on Saturday. Seven birdies kept the pressure on Sharma.
Mickelson continued to improve as he chases his first WGC-Mexico Championship title since 2009, shooting a 65 on Day 3. He sits just two strokes back of the lead but could have made things interesting with a little luck on the third hole.
Instead of a hole-in-one, Lefty had to save for par.
Saturday provided very little separation at the top of the leaderboard. eight players remain within three strokes of the lead. As Hatton and Thomas showed, there can be a lot of movement in one day.
Now, the stage is set for what should be an exciting final round on Sunday.