Louis Oosthuizen leads in Mexico

The PGA Tour kicked off its weekend in Mexico City on Thursday as Louis Oosthuizentook a one-shot lead at seven-under par after the opening round at the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship.

Oosthuizen was flawless at Club de Golf Chapultepec, holing an eagle and five birdies as he posted his lowest round at any of the four World Golf Championships.

India's Shubhankar Sharma, England's Chris Paisley and American Xander Schauffele who all lurk menacingly just one stroke behind the leader.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson came to the Club de Golf Chapultepec as the betting favorite to win his sixth career World Golf Championship title - and he very almost carded an ace on his eighth hole of the day. (It was) a bit of a scrappy finish with a few missed clubs and a poor shot on 17 but I held it together.

"It's the biggest tournament I've played in by a long stretch", the Briton said. "To play as well as I did and shoot a great score against the world's best players and to be right up there, I'm just delighted".

World Super 6 Perth victor Kiradech Aphibarnrat shares sixth place alongside Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain while countryman Jon Rahm is alone in 7th place at 4-under.

"It's probably the worst I've ever felt over the ball in my life. I'm hitting it well, just need to do the same tomorrow". "It's just one of those days where kind of everything wasn't going my way and not playing well definitely added to that".

He wins this championship title in 2015 and 2017. 3, 4 and 5 in 4 over par to plunge down the leaderboard.

Victor of the 2010 Open Championship, South African Oosthuizen opened with a seven-under-par 64 in Mexico on Thursday.

Among the other top players in the field this week are world number two Jon Rahm, who finished third here a year ago, and reigning Player of the Year Justin Thomas, fresh from his Sunday triumph at the Honda Open and showing no signs of slowing down.

But then, while it might be billboards that sell tickets and generate interest, it's the names on the leaderboard that count once the competition has started, whether that lineup includes a superstar cast or not.

  • Steve Townsend