March 23, 2018

Wallace overcomes Sharma to win Indian Open

12 March 2018, 02:07 | Pamela Mathis

Golf: Sharma shares lead after challenging day three in India

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On a dramatic Saturday, when the top positions of the leaderboard changed on more than one occasion, Indian sensation Shubhankar Sharma and English youngster Matt Wallace shared the lead (seven-under 209) with at least half a dozen more aspirants breathing down their necks.

The 21-year-old Indian, lying tied 55th after round one, broke the previous course record of 65 held jointly by Grillo, who achieved the number in round one on Thursday, as well as Malaysian Gavin Green, who fired the score at the last edition of the Indian Open.

Thereafter Sharma's challenge faded away as he managed four birdies but also conceded three bogeys and a double-bogey.

The silver lining for Shubhankar, who picked up a cheque of $48,125 for his effort this week, was that he continues to lead the two Tours.

"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 13th hole proved to be the turning point as Grillo stumbled on a double bogey after landing in bushes. I had a few bad swings at the start that put me off my rhythm. "Regardless of the result I'm quite happy that after being five-over through the first nine holes of the tournament I managed to finish with a four-under total", he said. "I played pretty solid most of the day, just didn't get the ball close to the hole very often".

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Wallace and Johnston finishing at 11-under was tremendous at the challenging DLF Golf and Country Club. "A lot of good things have happened with me over the past few months, I'll now try my best to carry forward the momentum in the coming months", Shubhankar said. I'm excited about playing the match-play format after a long time at the WGC Match Play later this month. I'm very pleased with the birdie at the last, which allowed me to grab a share of the lead.

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

Scottish golfer Stephen Gallacher scored a sizzling five-under 67 to zoom to the second spot after firing five birdies, an eagle and two bogeys to stay just one stroke behind the leaders. Wallace and Johnston played the way Emiliano Grillo did on first two days and then Shubhankar played on the second day.

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. Kaul finished as the best amateur in the field.

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

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