Shubhankar Sharma, Shiv Kapur miss cut at Wales Open golf

Two-time European Tour winner Shubhankar Sharma returned an eight-over 150 after two rounds at the Wales Open.

By Subhayan Dutta

While Shubhankar Sharma finished tied-101 after two rounds at the Wales Open on Friday, Shiv Kapur finished further below at tied-113 as India’s golf challenge came to an end at the Celtic Manor Resort.

Sitting top of the leaderboard was Scotland's Connor Syme, who shot a one-under 70 in his second round to be two strokes ahead of six golfers, who were tied for the second spot.

After finishing the first round three-over 74, Shubhankar Sharma needed a significant recovery in the second to make the cut.

However, any hope for the 24-year-old suffered a huge blow early in the day when Shubhankar Sharma carded a double-bogey on the par-3 third and followed it up with a bogey on the next hole.

Sharma, however, remained consistent for the remainder of the front nine, even hitting a birdie on the par-4 eighth. But it wasn’t a sign of things to come.

Sharma’s back nine, which had seen as many as four bogeys in the first round on Thursday, was a problem on Friday as well.

He carded bogeys on the 11th, 13th, 16th and 17th while managing two consecutive birdies on the 14th and the 15th, to finish five-over 76 in the end.

Shubhankar Sharma missed the cut at the Wales Open

Shiv shows little improvement

Shiv Kapur’s second round saw an identical start to his first when the New Delhi golfer carded a bogey on the very first hole of the day.

However, the 38-year-old remained cautious thereafter and after four consecutive pars, the discipline paid off as Kapur carded a birdie on the par-4 sixth to finish on par midway through the course.

After finishing eight-over 79 in the first round, the 2002 Asian Games gold medallist needed an exceptional performance on the back nine, but it was not to be.

After the interval, Kapur reflected his first-round performance as he carded a bogey on the par-4 12th, the hole that had snatched a point from him on Thursday as well.

The outcome was inevitable and an inconsistent Shiv Kapur ended his round by carding his third and last bogey of the round on the par-5 sixth and eventually finish two-over 73.