Shubhankar clinches Maybank C’ship

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Feb 2018 10:32:26



INDIA’S rising golfing star Shubhankar Sharma continued his red-hot form as he fired a stunning 10-under-par 62 to clinch the USD 3 million Maybank Championship, here on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Indian, who won the Joburg Open towards the end of 2017 when the European 2018 season had already begun, has now won twice in a span of seven weeks and both on European Tour. Shubhankar turned in a dominant display to clinch his second Asian Tour and European Tour title with a winning total of 21-under-par 267 in windy conditions at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.

It was his fourth start since winning the Joburg Open in South Africa in December.
His sensational round included five birdies in each half which included clutch birdie putts on 17 and 18. His winning total of 21-under is the lowest winning score at the Maybank Championship. This is Shubhankar’s second Maybank Championship appearance. He finished tied ninth last year to seal his Asian Tour card. The victory earned Shubhankar USD 500,000 and moved him to the top of the Asian Tour’s Habitat for Humanity Standings and on the Race to Dubai on the European Tour.

The triumph is likely to push Shubhankar, currently ranked 193rd, to as high as the 70th place on the Official World Golf Ranking and he will potentially be the highest ranked Indian in the world. Lahiri is currently ranked 71st and missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in US.

"The last two months have changed my life. I’ve been a member on the Asian Tour for a while and I will continue to be a member on the Asian Tour. I’ve always dreamt of winning and now I’m a two-time winner on the Asian Tour and European Tour," an elated Shubhankar said.