However, he reeled off five unanswered birdies on the back nine – including a hat-trick over the last three holes – to continue a remarkable first WGC appearance.
“I'm really happy,” said Sharma. “I couldn't be in a better situation.
“I played so well, and the bogeys that I made today were just three-putts. Otherwise I just get the ball in play all day and it was great to finish with three birdies in a row.
“I thought about nothing, I just wanted to have fun. It's my first WGC and I was happy that I'll play four days because I missed the cut in the last two events that I played. Even though I missed the cuts, I knew I was playing well. So I just wanted to have fun, and yeah, I've had a lot of fun.
“I worked all my life to come and play at a high stage like this. You have to expect great things from yourself if you want to play at a high stage.”
Garcia eagled the 11th and also had four birdies in a round of 65, while his compatriot Cabrera Bello birdied four of his first six holes.
The Ryder Cup star dropped shots at the eighth and 17th, but an eagle at the 15th from 30 feet secured a round of 67.
“I've been playing very good golf and making some putts as well,” said Cabrera Bello. “I'm not leading but I'm right up there, so in a great position for the weekend.
“Obviously just going to stick to my game plan. It's worked pretty good these first two days. I'm playing very good, I'm happy with how I'm hitting the ball off the tee, my irons, my short game as well, so I don't see any reason why I couldn't continue with this with my game.”
Schauffele goes into the weekend bogey-free after the 24 year old carded three birdies in a 68.
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