Sharma shares lead after challenging day three in India

Doug Mendoza
March 12, 2018

England's Matt Wallace carded a four-under 68 to win the Indian Open golf on Sunday (Mar 11) after local favourite Shubhankar Sharma floundered in the final round to squander his joint overnight lead.

The 21-year-old Shubhankar (73-64-72-75), who came to the tournament with high expectations as the victor of two European Tour events in the last three months, slipped on the final day at his home course, the DLF Golf & Country Club, after struggling with his ball-striking.

Sharma who had started the day at the number one spot failed to take the advantage of his lead and faltered again in the final round as he repeated his final round slip up from the last week's Mexico World Golf Championship. He was unable to find the momentum and it is always unfortunate when anyone runs into three double bogeys on a final day.

"Ever since being three over through eight at the start of the week I've played some of the best golf of my life and to do it in that style at the end there capped it off". The double-bogey on the fifth compounded my problems. I holed out at the second, made a few good birdies and got a bad bounce on the 17th. "Thereafter, it was all about trying to catch up with the lead".

Gurgaon: He can hit the low numbers nearly at will as he showed in two European Tour wins, but Shubhankar Sharma is equally able to stick it out when the chips are down.

Nine of the total 144 golfers were not able to finish their second round on Friday because of fading light. But these things happen.

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Wallace and Johnston finishing at 11-under was tremendous at the challenging DLF Golf and Country Club.

All in all, a good finish for the spectators and I am sure we are looking forward to the 2019 edition of the Hero Indian Open. I'm excited about playing the match-play format after a long time at the WGC Match Play later this month. "I am very happy with the way I played", he said in a statement.

"I also can't wait for the Masters".

Scotland's Stephen Gallacher is a shot below the leading duo after an impressive round that saw him hit five birdies and an eagle to card a five-under 67.

Anirban Lahiri was tied 34th at six-over-294 while Khalin Joshi and Ajeetesh Sandhu took tied 40th place with scores of seven-over-295.

At the 10th hole, Shubhankar chipped in from the fringes to produce a downhill putt to move to the lead along with Grillo and Matt Wallace, who had been sensational with three birdies, an eagle in the front nine, besides a bogey at the 3rd. At the eighth hole, Shubhankar approach shot landed at the fringes and he consulted the referee before producing another birdie to go two-under.

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