Shubhankar all set to begin European Tour with Hero Open subsequent week

New Delhi, July 23

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma can be trying to “pick up the threads” after the disruption attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic when he heads to England subsequent week for the Hero Open in Birmingham.

Sharma, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Tuesday, leaves early subsequent week and will probably be in time for the beginning of the Hero Open on Thursday.

The second occasion of the UK Swing, which obtained underway with the Betfred British Masters this week, will probably be held on the Forest of Arden Mariott Hotel and Country Club in Birmingham.

“I am quite excited and pumped up by the prospect and plan to play all five remaining events in the six-event UK Swing,” mentioned Sharma.

“It’s been a very long time since I competed within the Middle East Swing initially of the yr. My final occasion was the Qatar Masters within the first week of March,” he mentioned.

“Since then world golf has stopped, though it recently re-started in US and now UK. So, it will be good to see some action after a lot of preparation and rest at home,” Sharma added.

Sharma, who at one stage was within the operating for an Olympics spot, dropped to 311 on the planet rankings this week.

“Honestly, we were all looking at the Hero Indian Open and other European Tour events, but then COVID-19 put an end to all those plans. Now it will be nice to pick up the threads,” he mentioned.

The Hero Open carries a handbag of 1 million Euros.

Sharma says he’s not fascinated by the prize cash. “The key is getting an opportunity to play. As professionals, that’s our job. We do not have work-from-home for golf,” he mentioned with amusing.

“We need to get to the course and the European Tour has done a great job by building a secure bubble for our safety. It is now for us to follow and stay safe,” he mentioned.

As for the difficulty of crowds, Sharma mentioned, “It is what it is. That (crowds) will also come gradually, till then we must first start having golf. So, this is a good step and thanks to European Tour for having created a schedule for us.”          

Sharma has been coaching together with his coach Jesse Grewal in Chandigarh however in Europe he can have former professional Gurbaaz Mann, who can also be a coach, on the bag.

“Baaz and I have great camaraderie. He was with me in WGC-Mexico, where I led and finally finished top-10. He knows my game and we often play together. So it will be great to have him around,” he defined.

On how he spent the previous 4 months, the teen mentioned it was dedicated to household.

“It was plenty of time with household which we do not get when the season is in full movement. Lot of dwelling meals by mother, which I really like, however wanted to get it off in coaching; and naturally, when the programs opened I’ve skilled with my coach and taking part in companions like Karandeep Kocchar and others.”

“It was special being around with dad and mom and my sister, Vandini, who wrote a special poem for me on my birthday recently. It was just great and something to cherish,” he mentioned. PTI

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