He just didn't recognize him. "I remember I was so inspired that I didn't sleep, I just went straight to the range and hit balls for two hours", said Sharma.
"I don't really want to think about it", Sharma said after posting a 13-under 200 total for the tournament. "Then he just realised and said, 'So sorry, I thought you were media, ' and he said hi, I said hi". Sharma is eyeing to become the first since Jim Benepe at the 1988 Western Open to win a first US PGA Tour title in the tour debut.
Shubhankar, who was born five years after Mickelson turned pro, has been enjoying himself in the company of super stars.
He said, "For me, it's actually nearly like watching TV".
That was Saturday morning.
India's Shubhankar Sharma survived some shaky moments to maintain his two-shot lead at the WGC Mexico Championship after the third round on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). His caddie, Gurbaaz Mann, played at Arizona State and walked over with him to meet Mickelson.
Sharma, the only two-time victor on the European Tour this season who leads the Race to Dubai, is No. 75 in the world. On the first extra hole, the par-3 17, Mickelson's birdie effort lipped out, but his tap-in par was good enough for the victory.
That put Thomas, playing a few groups in front of Mickelson, two shots clear at the time but Mickelson replied with back-to-back birdies at the 15th and 16th to join him.
Fast forward to 2008 and Singapore. Then, he shot 61 in the second round on his way to winning the Joburg Open. Late in the evening news filtered in that Ian Poulter had pulled out and Lahiri was in. I was first reserve on Monday and I got in on Wednesday evening.
He will be paired up with Tyrell Hatton and Phil Mickelson on Sunday. I learnt a lot from it. "Not sure if I would have made that mistake on many other holes". He is coming off his most consistent stretch in years, having finished inside the top 10 in his last three starts. Yes, it was Mickelson.
Fisher almost won this event last year before Dustin Johnson took over late, but he'll have his work cut out this year as the leaders will be well into the double digits by the end of the day.