Those results came off a superb end to the year, where he won the silverware in three out of his last six stars. I've got to step it up and play my own game. Two months on, he added a win in the Maybank Championship in Malaysia, closing with a brilliant 62 after starting the final day four back.
Instead, Thursday at Chapultepec Golf Club delivered a mixed bag of compelling, if not little-known, players and just as many out-of-character performances. As soon as I hit it I knew I hit a good shot. "I'm happy I still have some golf".
"I wouldn't have imagined myself playing on the European Tour, let alone a WGC event".
"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".
The 2010 Open champion landed his 230-yard approach shot at the par-five 15th five feet from the pin and rolled in the putt for an eagle that gave him a lead he wouldn't relinquish.
"Yeah, I feel comfortable and confident with the way I'm swinging, the way I'm striking the golf ball".
A late eagle boosted smooth-swinging Louis Oosthuizen to the first-round lead as a diverse mix of players lined up close behind the South African at the WGC-Mexico Championship on Thursday.
Thomas, who is fresh off his eighth Tour victory last week at the Honda Classic, couldn't say the same thing. "Even after the rain (lightning) delay that we had, just to make birdie on the last hole (on nine), absolutely fantastic", said Sharma as per PTI sources.
One of those was the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, which means Rose has the chance to become just the third player to win back-to-back WGC titles this week. He also won last year, which was the first year this event was held at this course. "But other than that, the golf course hasn't changed and a new tee maybe on number 13 or something I think but you know the golf course is in really good shape and I'm really looking forward to getting the tournament started".