Shubhankar Sharma ends tied 55th at South African Open golf

Sharma carded two bogies and a double-bogey to go with three birdies and finished the last round with a one-over. It was his final European Tour event of the year.

By Rahul Venkat ·

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma ended his year with a tied-55th finish after carding a five-over aggregate on the European Tour’s South African Open on Sunday.

Sharma, whose three-over was just enough to get him into the weekend at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa, had followed it up with a one-over in the third round.

It was a similar story for the Indian golfer in the final round.

Sharma was solid on the opening holes and carded his first birdie of the day on the par-5 fifth to put himself in a good position of moving up the leaderboard.

However, a double-bogey on the par-5 ninth meant that he ended the front nine a shot behind.

Shubhankar Sharma quickly corrected himself with a second birdie of the round on the 10th hole but a bogey on the par-5 11th followed by another on the par-3 16th set him back yet again.

The Indian golfer ended his European Tour campaign for the year on a high, carding his third birdie of the day on the final hole.

Bezuidenhout takes the title

Local favourite Christiaan Bezuidenhout claimed his second title in the space of a week and a third title on the European Tour as he won the South African Open by five shots over 2014 Ryder Cup champion Jamie Donaldson.

Bezuidenhout, who won the Alfred Dunhill Championship last week, had shared the lead with Donaldson coming into the weekend. However, the South African surged ahead with a five-under in the third round while Welshman Donaldson only managed even-par.

On the final day though, Donaldson had gained a shot on the front nine while Bezuidenhout was unable to extend his advantage on the first part of the course.

However, the South African stepped it up on the back nine. He carded three consecutive birdies - on the 10th, 11th and 12th holes – to restore his five-shot lead and another birdie on the par-3 16th assured him a title victory at home.

The European Tour will conclude next week with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.