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Shubhankar Sharma, Anirban Lahiri to take part in Indian Open golf

Shubhankar Sharma, who won the Joburg Open and the Malaysian Championships recently, will have the likes of Anirban Lahiri, SSP Chawrasia, Shiv Kapur, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Ajeetesh Sandhu and Siddikur Rahman for company at the Indian Open golf tournament.

other sports Updated: Feb 27, 2018 21:14 IST
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Upcoming Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma, who is in a hot streak at the moment, will lead the home challenge at the Indian Open which has Emiliano Grillo of Argentina, who is coming fresh off a Top-10 finish last week on the US PGA Tour.(Getty Images)

Rising Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma will join the likes of Anirban Lahiri, SSP Chawrasia and Shiv Kapur in a star-studded field for the Indian Open starting in Gurugram on March 8.

Shubhankar, who won the Joburg Open and the Malaysian Championships recently will have Indians like Gaganjeet Bhullar, Ajeetesh Sandhu and Siddikur Rahman for company.

The field includes stars from 31 countries from across the world and has amongst them six from the World’s Top-100 along with a plethora of Order of Merit winners, past champions, Ryder Cup captains and a Major champion.

One of the biggest draws in the event is Emiliano Grillo of Argentina who is coming fresh off a Top-10 finish last week on the PGA Tour.

Grillo, who was in Top-20 of three of the four Majors in 2016, is looking very strong once again in 2018. In the current wrap-around season, he already has two Top-10s on the PGA Tour, besides another T-12 in Mexico.

The tournament will also see the participation of the men in form on the European Tour, Joost Luiten, winner of the NBO Oman Open, Chris Wood, who was second at the Oman event and T-13 in Qatar Masters, alongside England’s ever-smiling and hugely popular, Andrew Johnston, T-12 in Oman.

“I have heard so much about India and Indian golf that I can’t wait to get there,”said Johnston.

“I simply love Indian food and Shiv Kapur has promised to take me out for an Indian meal and I am looking forward to that. As for golf, Indians like SSP and Shubhankar are doing so well, so it will be great to play in India,” he added.

The field also boasts of two Ryder Cup captains of Europe, Darren Clarke - the 2011 Open winner and winner of two other WGC events, and Thomas Bjorn - winner of 21 titles and a former Top-10 world ranked player.

First Published: Feb 27, 2018 21:14 IST