Shubhankar Sharma wins McLeod Russel Tour Championship
Shubhankar Sharma wins McLeod Russel Tour Championship by a shot over Rashid Khan, at 17-under 271, after converting a tricky par putt on the 18th hole at Royal Calcutta Golf Club, Kolkata. Rashid Khan lost the event after keeping the lead to himself for over two days.
Shubhankar Sharma led the field in the opening round at the event with an impressing 6-under 66, and later dropped to the third position on Friday with 2-under 70 on the board, when Rashid Khan saw the opening to climb up to the top of the leaderboard with a brilliant 67 in his round, and Sharma replied with 67 on Saturday to keep him 2-strokes away for a second finish for the day.
With this Sharma has won two events on the PGTI, his last win came at the TAKE Open Golf Championship held in October, and he finished his 2017 season on a high note after winning his first European Title at the Joburg Open. Sharma bagged Rs 22,50,000 of his winners share today with a brilliant show of panache on the last hole with a difficult par, and taking advantage of a missed putt birdie by Rashid Khan for the win.
Sharma started his round two shots behind the leader Rashid Khan and posting 4-under 68 for the day with 5 birdies and a bogey on the par-4 12th, and what made the difference was him being able to post two back to back birdies on 15th and 16th holes and reducing the gap from Khan. Khan too fought hard for the win posting an astonishing eagle on the par-4 9th and looked composed despite starting his round with a bogey on the first hole, bogeys on the 15th and 17th holes pressurized him to post an eagle for the win and a birdie to force a playoff, and he managed to make a par and subsequently losing the event by a shot at 16-under 272 and 1-under 71 for the day.
Rashid Khan finished his PGTI season with the best result of the season at the second position on the board, he came 7th on the TAKE Open Golf Championship, which was won by Shubhankar Sharma.
Following the winner Sharma and the runner-up, Rashid Khan is Rahil Gangjee for the third position at 9-under 279, eight shots far from the winner, and posted 1-under 71 today consisting 5 birdies, 2 bogeys and a double-bogey on par-4 7th.
Sharing the fourth spot on the board are Viraj Madappa, MD. Siddikur Rahman, Manu Gandas, and Shamim Khan at 8-under 280, where Viraj is all set to be crowned PGTI Emerging Player of the Year Title, and his performance of 4-under 68 today consisting 7 birdies might land him extra points, and the fourth finish is added by two more 4th finishes on the PGTI Tour once at the Pune Open Golf Championship in April, and another at the TAKE Classic in September 2017.
International Players at the Event
Md. Siddikur Rahman takes the top finish of T-4th from the International Players presence at the event, added by Adam Blyth finish of T-10th at 5-under 283 sharing his position on the board with SSP Chawrasia, and Sachin Baisoya.
Masahiro Kawamura finished the event for the 20th position at 1-under 287, Daniel Fox stood T-21st, Yuwa Kosaihira T-26th, Shotaro Wada and Mithun Perera T-30th, Choo Tze Huang T-36th, and Md. Zamal Hossain Mollah finished at T-44th.