Celtic Classic: Shubhankar makes minimize after being on knife-edge

Newport (UK), August 15

India’s ace golfer Shubhankar Sharma spent nearly three hours on a knife-edge earlier than attending to know he had made the minimize on the Celtic Classic right here.

Sharma, who had missed the minimize in his final two outings on the continuing UK Swing, carded a 1-under 70 for a complete of 1-under 141 to make the minimize on the road. He is tied-65th.

The Indian, 1-over via six holes for the second spherical, had a great run of three birdies in a row across the flip from the ninth to 11th to get to 2-under for the event.

A dropped shot on the 15th meant he was on the bubble. He saved pars on the closing stretch.

Sharma stated, “The circumstances weren’t too simple early on however I believed the minimize can be 1-under and I’m glad I used to be proper.”

“Oh, yes, it could have been a disappointment if any of the guys (at one-under) and playing behind me had birdied towards the end. But I suppose everyone was being careful.”          

He added, “It was somewhat windy and drizzling on the front nine, but it was better as we were halfway through the round.”       

With fun, he admitted, “It was tenser waiting for others to finish than when I was playing. Now that I am in for the weekend, the focus is on getting a couple of good low rounds. There are birdies to be made and I have to go and get them.”        Sharma started properly with a birdie on the second, however bogeys on fourth and sixth meant he wanted a strong again 9. A birdie on ninth set the tone as he reeled off three in a row on ninth, 10th and 11th. A dropped shot on 15th made issues tense, however he survived it.

A late birdie from any of the three gamers, together with final week’s winner Andy Sullivan, Alexander Bjork or Adri Arnaus may have knocked out Sharma.

Sullivan, who double bogeyed the 16th to drop to one-under, parred final two; Bjork, who rallied with birdies on 14th and 15th, parred the final three and Arnaus, at one-under, parred the final 4.

Meanwhile, Englishman Sam Horsfield, 23, who received his maiden European Tour title on the Hero Open through the second leg of the six-week UK Swing, moved into rivalry with the assistance of 4 successive birdies across the flip. It may have been even higher however for a late triple bogey.

Gavin Green of Malaysia, who missed the minimize final week, was out of the minimize line after 15. He birdied the 16th and closed with an eagle to get to three-under and keep on.

Horsfield held a three-shot lead over Callum Shinkwin and Andrew Johnston however a triple bogey six on the 17th noticed him drop from 12 underneath and one away from the duo.

Johnston, who opened the day with a triple bogey seven on first had one other bogey on fifth to go four-over. After that he had seven birdies and an eagle-two on Par-4 15th for a 5-under 66 and is now in rivalry at 9-under. PTI

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