Shubhankar misses reduce for second straight week

Hertfordshire (UK), August 8

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma carded a 1-under 70 within the second spherical of the English Championship however that was not sufficient to maintain him alive within the low-scoring occasion.

Sharma aggregated 1-under 141 over two rounds, lacking the reduce for the second time in as many weeks within the UK Swing, which is happening amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The yr, even earlier than the coronavirus outbreak, had not been nice for the 24-year-old.

He has made only one reduce on the European Tour in 2020 and that got here within the first begin on the Abu Dhabi Championship the place he completed tied-59th.

Since then, that is his sixth missed reduce in a row and he made the reduce solely as soon as on a home Indian Tour occasion, the Tata Steel PGTI Players Championship in February when he completed tied-29th.

Sharma began with a birdie for the second day in a row however suffered a double bogey on the par-5 sixth, which he bogeyed on the primary day.

A birdie on the ninth was adopted by an eagle on the par-5 12th. However, he bogeyed the par-3 16th. The closing birdie on 18th was a small comfort as he’s going to overlook the weekend rounds.

Andy Sullivan, who was tied-4th on the British Masters, recorded the bottom 9 of his European Tour profession as he opened up a one shot lead heading into the weekend on the Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club.

Sullivan (62) turned in 34 with birdies on the first, sixth and ninth and a single dropped shot on the eighth however got here to life on the back-nine with a 28, together with seven birdies. The solely ones he missed out had been on the 11th and the 17th. He is now 14-under and one shot away from countryman Laurie Canter (65) and South Africa’s Dean Burmester (63), who additionally had a 28 on the again 9.

The reduce fell at 3-under and amongst these lacking it had been final week’s winner Sam Horsfield and Gavin Green.

Sullivan, a three-time winner on the European Tour in 2015, has been in some good type and now has 9 rounds within the 60s out of 10 because the Tour re-start.

As many as 9 gamers, together with Andrew Johnston (65), Nicolas Colsaerts (66), Jamie Donaldson (64), Min Woo Lee (67) and Brandon Stone (66), had been three pictures off the lead. PTI

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