Shubhankar Sharma goes low to soar high at Indian Open

Casey Dawson
March 12, 2018

Sharma blitzed the DLF Golf and Country Club layout for nine birdies and dropped only one shot as he raced to 11 under par, although he goes into the weekend four strokes adrift of halfway leader Emiliano Grillo. When he rolled in another on the 18th, he was four clear with nine to play.

Solid startThe exertions of last week, when he led the WGC-Mexico Championship after 54 holes, had resulted in a start which could charitably be called "slow".

Larrazabal was tied for second place with Paul Peterson and Matteo Manassero, two shots behind leader Emiliano Grillo. "I had to play nearly ideal golf to shoot a seven under".

"I think the courtesy vehicle made a world record from the hotel to the golf course in a couple of minutes, a ride that can take 10 or 15 minutes - it was really wild. I am very happy with the way I played", he said in a statement.

21-year-old Sharma said he was pleased with his performance on Friday, which leaves him four shots off the lead in sole second place at seven-under for the tournament. "Obviously if you see from Indian standards some people feel I have done well and have to keep playing the way I have and get to the PGA Tour", said Sharma.

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From that point on, there was no looking back for the Mountaineers as they would not trail again for the rest of the game. KU for the second straight night was led by Newman, who had a career-high 30 points against Oklahoma State on Thursday.

Two titles on the European Tour and his exploits in Mexico had filled him with so much confidence that Sharma made a decision to go for the 18th green with his second shot.

"He said you are going to be a great player one day and just keep practising". The stats suggest he's a good thing at the price and maybe he is but I'm never keen on taking odds-on about a golfer and I'm even less keen with still two rounds to go around such a devilishly hard course. I followed Dave Tindall in with his each-way pick, Andrew Johnston, and he's playing some lovely golf. After hitting 10 balls on the range, I told my caddie that I had to stop because I was nervous.

Former champion Arjun Atwal, who was one-under 71 yesterday, scored five-over 77 and three-time victor in 2017 Shiv Kapur (76, 72) are likely to miss the cut as they are four-over 148 after two days. And he is not fretting about being in the final group of the third round in his national Open, which he considers the fifth Major for Indian golfers, despite the fact that a victory can take him inside the top-50 in world rankings. I'm just going to have fun.

Johnston returned an impressive 66 which included three straight birdies from the second and two gains over the last three holes which lifted him to six under alongside Larrazabal, who carded a 71.

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