Shubhankar Sharma takes 5-shot lead into final round of Joburg Open golf
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 Tourother sports Updated: Dec 09, 2017 23:49 IST
Shubhankar Sharma followed up his third round 61 with another flawless seven-under 65 to take a massive five-shot lead into the final round of the Joburg Open, a tri-sanctioned event between Asian, European and Sunshine Tours, here at Randpark Golf Club.
The 21-year-old Sharma, in his fourth year as a pro, 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.
He was second in an Asian Development Tour event in 2015.
Playing just his 10th European Tour event and still looking for his first international pro win, Sharma also became the first player to be 20 under or better after 54 holes on the European Tour since Rory McIlroy at the 2015 Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Sharma, coming off a T-10 at UBS Hong Kong Open, now has made nine cuts in 10 starts on European Tour.
“I’m really happy,” Shubhankar said. “I wanted to play even though I shot a 10 under yesterday and it is always difficult to follow up on a low round. I’m really proud of the way I played today.
“I’m very pleased that I came to Joburg Open. I had my visa but it has been a very long season, so was contemplating if I wanted to come here. I’m really happy that I did!”
Swede Christofer Blomstrand raised hopes of a 59 on his 26th birthday but had to settle for a 62 to sit 15 under and five shots behind leader Sharma.