Shubhankar Sharma may be leading the WGC Mexico Championship heading into the final round today, but he is far from a household name.
Nothing demonstrates that more than before yesterday’s round when the world number 75 approached Phil Mickelson on the putting green.
“He thought we were media and he said, ‘not right now, after the round’,” Sharma laughed.
“Then he just realised [and said] ‘so sorry, I thought you were media’. He said ‘hi’. I said ‘hi’. And then he made a few putts and then he came back to me and said, ‘Have a good day’. It was nice.”
The two will play together today in the final threesome alongside Tyrrell Hatton whose 64 rocketed up the leaderboard in the third round.
There is plenty of history at stake for Sharma today. He can become the youngest player to ever win a WGC event. He would also be the first player to win on his PGA Tour debut in 30 years.
He can also book his place at next month’s Masters with a win.
There are some big names lurking not far behind though. Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas are just some of the world’s best players that are within touching distance of the leader.
Win or lose, plenty more people, including Mickelson will know who Sharma is after this fantastic performance in Mexico.