Shubhankar misses lower by one shot at Saudi International


KAEC (Saudi Arabia), February 6

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma struggled with his putting as he missed the cut by one shot in the Saudi International at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

Sharma, who shot a 1-under 69 in the first round, returned a second round of 2-over 72. His total of 1-over fell one short of the cut line.     

When play ended early on Friday, Sharma was 2-over through holes, and needed to make up some ground to ensure weekend action. But in his last six holes, he gave away one more shot on the 6th, his 15th hole, and managed just one birdie on the 7th to make an early exit.

Dustin Johnson, world No. 1, flawless for 48 holes, survived a double on the par-4 13th and then finished birdie-birdie for a third round 66.

His earlier rounds were 67-64. Johnson, who saw 11-foot eagle putt slide past the cup, birdied it and is now 13-under and two shots ahead of Victor Perez (67-66-66).

Four players, Tyrrell Hatton (67-67-66), Soren Kjeldsen (69-66-65), Tony Finau (68-65-67) and Andy Sullivan (66-66-68) are all tied third at 10-under.

Second round co-leader, Stephen Gallacher carded a 2-over 72 in the third round and dropped to tied-14 at 8-under. Ryan Fox dropped from shared second round lead to tied-7th after a round of 71. PTI



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