No mistaking Sharma's identity as one to watch

Golf Shubhankar Sharma's dream run keeps him in lead at WGC Mexico

As good as Thomas was on the weekend - a 62-64 close ties the PGA Tour record for two-round score to end an event - Mickelson was almost his equal.

Phil Mickelson acknowledges the crowd as he reaches the 18th green during the final round of the WGC - Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec.

But the five-time Major victor held his nerve from five feet to seal a closing 66 before a par at the first play-off hole saw him become the oldest victor of a World Golf Championships event.

Shubhankar Sharma's hopes of winning on his PGA Tour debut were dashed by a torrid final round on Sunday but the 21-year-old Indian's performance at the WGC-Mexico Championship has made the golfing world sit up and take notice.

"I can't put into words how much this means to me, it's been a long time", said Mickelson.

"I think whether it happens tomorrow or not - very good chance it will - but if it doesn't, it's going to happen soon because I'm playing too well for it not to".

"Obviously the broadcasts these days are so clear in high definition, it just feels so unreal just watching them right in front of you".

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Thomas, seeking back-to-back victories after triumphing at last week's Honda Classic, fired.

It nearly was too good to be true. That's when he saw the score, and he followed with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th and a 20-foot birdie on the 16th.

Tyrrell Hatton went birdie-eagle on 14 and 15 to get to 16 under, and Mickelson birdied 15 and 16 to join the group at 16 under.

Thomas was seeking his eighth victory in his past 32 PGA Tour starts.

But as Thomas sat in the clubhouse, others chipped away. Mickelson's 18-foot birdie putt for the victory swirled around the cup, more agony for a 47-year-old who has seen plenty of it since his last victory. Korda and Kang finished in a four-way tie for second at 16-under, alongside Jenny Shin (65) and Brooke Henderson (67).

On Sunday, Thomas lost on the first playoff hole as Phil Mickelson won for the first time since capturing the British Open in 2013.

After finding the fringe at the driveable first hole, the Indian chipped home for eagle from 10 yards. Also two shots behind were Masters champion Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello, who each had a 69. Instead, he worked harder than he ever has on his swing, body and mind. "He hit a handsome tee shot on one, you can tell he can really play", Mickelson said.

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