Newport (Wales), August 14
India’s Shubhankar Sharma made a robust begin however misplaced momentum earlier than pulling issues again for an erratic even-par 71 within the first spherical of the inaugural Celtic Classic golf event right here.
Sharma, a winner of two European Tour titles in 2018, is tied-71st and wishes a stable second spherical to keep away from lacking a 3rd successive lower.
Thomas Pieters held a one-shot lead on his return to golf following an outstanding first spherical 64.
Sharma birdied the third and fourth to be two-under by means of 4 holes, however he gave away these features on fifth and sixth and turned in even par.
Bogeys on the 10th and 14th put him at two-over, however he fought again with birdies on the 15th and 18th to get again to even par.
“Those birdies gave me the confidence for the action in the second round,” mentioned Sharma, who was clearly disillusioned at so many bogeys.
Pieters, a four-time European Tour winner, grew to become a father for the primary time to daughter Florence throughout the break attributable to the coronavirus pandemic.
He was one shot away from England’s Toby Tree and Australian Jake McLeod, who shot 65 every.
Italian Edoardo Molinari, who starred in Europe’s 2010 Ryder Cup win on the Newport venue, is a shot additional again on 5-under, alongside compatriot Guido Migliozzi, Swede Sebastian Soderberg, Nacho Elvira of Spain, American Sihwan Kim, Scotland’s Marc Warren and Adrian Meronk of Poland. PTI