Shubhankar Sharma in command as weather pushes Joburg Open golf into Monday

Updated on Dec 11, 2017 09:15 AM IST

India’s Shubhankar Sharma held a four-shot Joburg Open golf final-round lead Sunday when rain, lightning and hail forced play to be abandoned for the day.

Shubhankar Sharma, in his fourth year as a pro golfer, has five wins on the Indian domestic Tour -- including one six weeks ago -- but he has never finished better than third on either Asian or European Tour.(AFP/Getty Images)
Shubhankar Sharma, in his fourth year as a pro golfer, has five wins on the Indian domestic Tour -- including one six weeks ago -- but he has never finished better than third on either Asian or European Tour.(AFP/Getty Images)
Reuters, Johannesburg | ByReuters

India’s Shubhankar Sharma remained on course for his maiden European Tour victory as lightning, rain and hail forced the Joburg Open golf into a Monday finish.

Sharma, ranked number 462 in the world, has a tournament total of 22 under-par and holds a four-shot lead over South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen with 11 holes of his final round remaining.

Sharma, 21, birdied the second and sixth holes on Sunday for a two under-par score in his final round, having now gone 44 holes since he last dropped a shot.

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Van Rooyen remains in the hunt at four under-par from eight holes in his fourth round, and will have a three-foot putt on the par-four ninth to move to within three shots of Sharma when play resumes.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and England’s James Morrison are tied for third at 14 under-par for the tournament, with 10 and 11 holes remaining respectively in their final rounds.

The top three finishers at the Randpark Golf Club, who are not already exempt, will earn a place at next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links.

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