After WGC berth, Shubhankar eyes PGA Tour

Updated: 09 February, 2018 09:47 IST | V Krishnaswamy | Mexico

Shubhankar Sharma, 21, India's latest star, lifted by two wins in two months, has earned his spot in the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

India's Shubhankar Sharma
India's Shubhankar Sharma

Shubhankar Sharma, 21, India's latest star, lifted by two wins in two months, has earned his spot in the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. It will be his maiden appearance in a WGC event. It will also fuel his ambition and dream of making it to the PGA Tour ultimately.

Shubhankar, who earned his breakthrough win in Johannesburg, where the win also fetched him a spot into the 2018 Open Championships at Carnoustie, added a second European Tour and Asian Tour co-sanctioned title in Malaysia last weekend, with a stunning 10-under 62 on Sunday. His stunning form has seen him rise from 202 last year to 72nd place on the World Golf Rankings. He has also moved ahead of Anirban Lahiri (76th).

Sharma is now leading both the Habitat for Humanity standings on the Asian Tour and the Race to Dubai rankings standings on European Tour. The latter is what got him a spot at the Mexico Championship. "I'm really excited as it was my goal to get into a WGC event this year. I knew I had to be in the top-10 in Europe for it. I never imagined I'd win in Malaysia as I wasn't in contention going into the last day [he was four back] and there were so many players on the leaderboard. I can't wait to play against the world's best in Mexico," said Sharma. He is eager to follow in the trail of close friends and senior Indian colleagues Lahiri and Arjun Atwal. The former is a two-time Presidents Cup star and a regular on the PGA Tour, while latter is India's first and till date only winner on the world's premier circuit.

"The goal is to win the bigger tournaments and to play on higher tours. That's what I'm looking at. Playing on the PGA Tour has always been my dream. It was not long ago that I would watch PGA Tour Live on TV with friends, spending late nights watching the World Golf Championships and the big events in America," he said. Sharma's next goal is to break into the top-50 which can potentially reward him with invites to the Masters Tournament in April and The Players Championship, which is the PGA Tour's flagship tournament, in May.

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First Published: 09 February, 2018 08:50 IST

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