Birmingham, July 29
Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma will compete for the primary time in over 4 months when he tees off on the Hero Open beginning right here on Thursday.
Sharma celebrated his 24th birthday final week. The occasion additionally marks the primary time an Indian firm will probably be sponsoring a full-fledged skilled golf occasion in Europe. The occasion carries a prize purse of 1 million euros.
Sharma was wanting ahead to the Hero Indian Open earlier than it grew to become one of many many occasions to be cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am looking forward to the grouping as both are great guys,” mentioned Sharma.
“The travel (from India to UK) was different from what I have done so far. I needed some safeguards resembling a space suit to reach Birmingham. Now that I am in a bubble, life is back to normal, if we can call it so!” he added.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, 56, will make a document 707th begin on the European Tour. The charismatic Spaniard turned professional in 1982 when many within the present Hero Open subject weren’t even born.
He received 33 worldwide titles, together with 21 on the European Tour and he passes Sam Torrance’s document of 706.
Sharma, a two-time winner on the European Tour, will tee up with two widespread stars Andy Sullivan and Eddie Pepperell for the primary two days.
“The European Tour has completed some wonderful planning and proven lots of ardour and care. Hats off to Mr. Keith Pelley, our CEO,” mentioned Sharma.
“Also I would like to thank Air India, our national carrier, for being so helpful and fabulous all the way. Now it is time to hit the course and see some action. Thanks everyone.”
Sharma may have former skilled Gurbaaz Mann on the bag for the championship and the following 5 weeks by way of the rest of the six-week UK Swing, which started final week with the Betfred British Masters.
“Gurbaaz was with me when I played the WGC-Mexico and I play with him often at home also. So it should be good and I am feeling good with my game. I should get in a round of practice before the first round,” mentioned Sharma.
Another man making a landmark look this week is Scotland’s David Drysdale and he’ll start his 500th European Tour look with Italian Edoardo Molinari and England’s Jordan Smith.
Danish teenager Rasmus Hojgaard and South Africa’s Justin Harding each pushed Paratore over the weekend final week and they’re going to tee off collectively alongside England’s Matthew Southgate.
Former US Open champion Michael Campbell is taking part in his second occasion of the UK Swing. PTI