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Country’s top golfer Shubhankar to miss graduation cut

Shubhankar had requested he be allowed to take the exams at a later date, but in an official communication university has conveyed that it wouldn’t be possible for them.

other sports Updated: Apr 27, 2019 22:51 IST
Saurabh Duggal
Saurabh Duggal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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File image of Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma.(AFP)

Shubhankar Sharma, the country’s top golfer, may be denied a chance to graduate.The 22-year-old from Chandigarh, pursuing a BA in Political Science from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning, completed his first two grades in 2014 and 2015, but has not been able to appear for his final set of exams since then.

According to the rules, the degree has to be completed within five years, and this year was Shubhankar’s last chance at appearing for his finals. But the examination schedule in May is clashing yet again with his golf dates—Shubhankar, who holds a European Tour card, is currently playing a PGA Tour tournament in New Orleans.

Shubhankar had requested he be allowed to take the exams at a later date, but in an official communication, dated April 25, the university has conveyed that it wouldn’t be possible for them to hold special exams for the golfer.

“The implication of this is that I lose my credits for the first and second years as well,” Shubhankar said. “The university is bent on taking away my earned credits. I am disheartened that I am losing a chance to be a graduate.”

Shubhankar has had phenomenal success in golf in the last two years—in 2018, after earning his full European Tour rights, he also made the cut at The Masters, the US Open, and the PGA Championship, and finished T51 at The Open.

Shubhankar is a prime contender for a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Games. To qualify, a golfer has to have a certain ranking.

“Playing in US and Europe is very important in keeping my Olympic prospects alive and the April-June window is quite hectic on the tournaments front,” Shubhankar said.

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 22:50 IST