Vilamoura (Spain), September 11
A uncommon albatross on the penultimate gap of the opening spherical introduced Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma to par in a single swoop however the double bogey on the final one spoilt the trouble on the 2020 Portugal Masters.
Sharma skilled ecstasy and agony on successive holes as he closed with 2-over 73 to lie tied-93rd on Thursday.
Sharma, who’s going via a lean patch, opened the spherical late within the afternoon with a bogey on the Par-Four first.
He bought his first birdie on the 4th, however a double bogey on the seventh noticed him flip in 2-over 37. On the again 9, a bogey on the 11th pushed him additional right down to 3-over.
As the spherical got here nearer to the top, Sharma’s 2-Iron from 241 yards on the 588 yard par 17th gap discovered its means into the cup for a uncommon albatross. It was the primary albatross on the 2020 Race to Dubai.
But he completed together with his second double bogey of the day on 18th for a 74.
Last yr on the Memorial on PGA Tour, Sharma had an identical albatross within the second spherical.
Liam Johnston produced the bottom spherical of his European Tour profession at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, firing a glowing spherical of 61 to guide by one shot on the finish of the opening day.
At 9 below par via 16 holes the Scot was in rivalry to match the historic 59 Oliver Fisher shot right here two years in the past.
England’s Laurie Canter is at 7-under par after a spherical of 64, as all the main three gamers went bogey-free in Vilamoura.
Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Caldwell is at 6-under, one shot forward of South African George Coetzee, England’s Matthew Jordan, Dane Thorbjørn Olesen and Sebastian Soderberg of Sweden.
A gaggle of 12 gamers are then at 4-under par, with world No. 16 Tommy Fleetwood and the highest-placed Portuguese participant Tomás Bessa amongst an extra eight gamers at 3-under par. PTI