Shubhankar Sharma's Joburg Open golf title defence ends early

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma, who won the last Joburg Open title in 2017, missed the cut in this year’s edition.

By Utathya Nag ·

India's Shubhankar Sharma missed the cut at Joburg Open golf after finishing 152nd in a field of 156 by the end of the first two rounds. He recorded a total score of 13 over 155, missing the cut, set at one-under.

The Indian golfer was the defending champion in the tournament, having won the European Tour event in 2017.

Shubhankar Sharma, who had made the weekend cuts in his last seven events on the bounce, made a horror start and never quite recovered after that. 

Teeing from the back nine at the Randpark Golf Club's Firethorn Course in Johannesburg, South Africa, the 24-year-old Sharma carded a bogey on the 11th and followed up with a quadruple bogey on the 12th, taking nine shots to complete the par-five hole!

On five-over after just three holes, Sharma sank two birdies and as many bogeys in the rest of the course to finish the opening round in 146th position. 

Things only got worse for the Indian in the second round as Sharma sank two double bogeys, seven bogeys and just three birdies to record an eight-over score for the second day. He also slipped another six places on the leaderboard.

The second round was delayed due to lightning and concluded on Saturday morning.

Joburg Open leaderboard 

As things stand, South Africa's Jacques Blaauw leads the field with 13-under going into the final two rounds. His countryman Wilco Nienaber, meanwhile, is snapping on his heels in the second spot, one shot behind.

Canadian golfer Aaron Cockerill occupies the third spot on the standings with a 10-under score.