Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, leads the WGC Mexico Championship after the 1st round at Chapultepec Golf Club, Mexico City.
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Louis carded a first round -7 under par 64 to lead the WGC Mexico Championship by just one shot;
“I’m very confident with my driver at the moment.”
“I’ve been swinging it pretty good the last 3-4 weeks. I’m hitting it well.”
“I just need to do the same tomorrow. I hit a few really close.”
Three players are then tied in second place at -6 under par, Chris Paisley, England, Xander Schauffele, USA, and Shubhankar Sharma, India, all with rounds of 65.
Shubhankar was pleased with the way he played today;
“I was very nervous in the morning, but very happy with the way I put it all together.”
“You’re always very happy when you start with such a low round, especially for me.”
“This is such a big event. I would say this is taking some pressure off me, playing well on this course.”
Chris, who recently won the South African Open, is seeking more success;
“After the win in SA, I didn’t want to just be happy with winning. I wanted to kind of press on and that’s what I did.”
“I’m taking that attitude into the rounds, as well.”
“If you get defensive or you back off at all against players like you’ve got this week, then you’ve got no chance of winning.”
“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.”
Rafael Cabrera Bello, Spain and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand share fifth place after rounds of -5 under par 66.
Of the big guns nearest is Jon Rahm in seventh place on his own with a -4 under 67 opening round, maybe tomorrow the top players will shine.
A warning for the other players, Jon Rahm loves this course;
“It’s an old golf course, much like Colonial and other golf courses that are close to 100 years old.”
“They’re very similar to the style of golf we play in Spain. I love that.”
“I love being able to take it over corners, take some risks, because you feel like on those courses you can get a huge advantage.”