Shubhankar Sharma youngest Indian golfer to make the cut in any Major

Shubhankar gave himself the perfect 22nd birthday present with that final birdie on 18th. It was one of the four he had on the tough back nine.

PTI
Carnoustie (Scotland), Publish Date: Jul 21 2018 12:34AM | Updated Date: Jul 21 2018 12:34AM
Shubhankar Sharma youngest Indian golfer to make the cut in any MajorFile Photo

Shubhankar Sharma today became the youngest Indian golfer to make the cut in any Major after he capped a wonderful back nine to achieve the feat at the 147th Open Championships here.

Shubhankar gave himself the perfect 22nd birthday present with that final birdie on 18th. It was one of the four he had on the tough back nine.

“I am so, so excited right now. At the 18th I still thought I just needed to make a par because so many players have yet to finish. After the putt dropped I was definitely very happy. I have never played in such wet and cold conditions, changing towels and gloves so often.” said Shubhankar, who turns 22 tomorrow.

Playing on a wet and cold day, Shubhankar warmed the hearts of the Indian fans at the Carnoustie Golf Links with four birdies against one bogey on the tougher back nine to climb out of a hole at five-over through 27 holes. 

With rounds of 73-71, he is now two-over 144 and sure to be inside at the cut line. He was lying tied 53rd and is likely to move up a few more positions.

About standing on the final tee with his total reading three-over, Shubhankar said, “After the tee shot, I just wanted to put the ball somewhere on the green and 2-putt for par. But I hit a brilliant second shot to get to 5-6 feet. 

"My caddie Vicky said it was from the left and I said no way and felt it was straight. I could not think much as we were on the clock and I just hit straight and it dropped. It was sweet as it dropped but before that it was nerve-wracking.”

The cut line was hovering between two-over and three-over, but Shubhankar seemed to have made sure at two-over. 

 

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