Shubhankar Sharma is tied second after first round at World Golf Championships

"I was just short of the green and had a very easy chip shot (for eagle)", he said.

Louis Oosthuizen fired a bogey-free 64 to grab the early advantage at the WGC-Mexico Championship, where Chris Paisley made an impressive start.

"I had some really good holes, I had some really bad holes".

Missing from that United Nations lineup was world No. 1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson, No. 3 and the PGA Tour's most recent victor Justin Thomas, No. 4 Jordan Spieth and No. 5 Justin Rose.

India's Shubhankar Sharma, a two-time victor on the European Tour this season who is out to improve from his current 75th in the world to a top 50 spot that would see him into the Masters, was five-under through 16 when play was halted by lightning, with world number two Jon Rahm alone in the clubhouse on four-under 67.

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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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 U.S. and impressive Indian Shubankhar Sharma. Right behind were two players making their first appearances in a World Golf Championship. "I'm obviously surprised I've gone out and shot six-under and I'm in second place - that's kind of surpassed my expectations". "I really kind of started on Tuesday, wasn't swinging it very well, and then yesterday I just was hitting it bad". "I think I maybe caught myself out a bit on the last few holes, maybe got a little bit ahead of myself and realised where I was".

Justin Thomas didn't carry over his best form from last week's playoff victory at the Honda Classic.

To be fair, Oosthuizen is hardly a journeyman and he's certainly comfortable on the biggest stages (see Open Championship, 2010); and Rahm, who finished third here a year ago in his debut and can overtake Johnson this week as world No. 1 depending on a variety of scenarios, has emerged as a bona fide world-beater.

He played with Johnson and Jon Rahm, who also had enough mistakes to limit him to a 67.

Still chasing her first LPGA win eight years after turning professional, Song took the outright lead when she made five birdies in an eight-hole stretch.

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