Shubhankar Sharma bows out of Alfred Dunhill Championship golf

The Indian golfer carded two-over 138 on aggregate to miss the cut at the European Tour co-sanctioned event.

By Naveen Peter ·

India's Shubhankar Sharma failed to make the cut for the weekend’s action at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa.

Though the young Indian golfer showed promise on the opening few holes in both the rounds, the 24-year-old Sharma struggled to raise his game as the competition progressed. He eventually finished with an aggregate score of two-over 138.

It was the second straight European Tour event where Shubhankar Sharma missed the cut, after the Joburg Open last week. Before that, he had made the cut at seven successive tournaments.

In the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, Shubhankar Sharma began on a bright note by sinking bridies in the opening two holes. But the Indian golfer carded three bogeys on the return and finished one-over 73.

Shubhankar Sharma started well but failed to build on it at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

It was a similar story in the second round. He began with a birdie in the opening hole and maintained the advantage on the front nine. The Indian sank two more birdies on his return, provisionally pushing him over the cut, but two bogeys and a double bogey late in the round saw him slip down the leaderboard and miss out on the weekend’s action at the Leopard Creek course.

Shubhankar Sharma will have to come up with an inspired performance in next week’s South Africa Open if he has to qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championships.

Top 60 golfers on the Race To Dubai qualify for the season-ending event. The Indian is placed 137th on the rankings list.

Meanwhile, at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, Poland’s Adrian Meronk faced no such trouble as he put up a fine show to take a three-shot lead into the weekend. 

The 27-year-old Meronk was in complete control of the proceedings as a seven-under 65 in the opening round was matched with a six-under 66 in the second that saw him take the sole lead at the European Tour co-sanctioned event.

Englishman Richard Bland is placed second following his 10-under 134. The veteran golfer seems to have continued his fine from the Joburg Open last week where he finished tied-7.