Shubhankar Sharma squeezes into Celtic Classic golf final rounds

The two-time European Tour winner returned a one-under 141 after two rounds to make the cut by one shot.

By Rahul Venkat

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma finished tied-65th after the second round to ensure his place over the weekend on the European Tour’s Celtic Classic on Friday.

The 24-year-old Sharma had recorded an even-par 71 in the opening round on Thursday, carding four birdies and bogeys each at The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales.

Shubhankar Sharma began well in the second round, carding a birdie on the par-5 second but then hit two bogeys in the next four holes.

Sharma got back on even terms on the front nine with a birdie on the par-5 ninth and to boost his confidence.

He began the back nine with consecutive birdies on the par-3 10th and par-5 11th. Sharma looked solid, scoring pars on the next three holes before a bogey on the par-4 15th saw him return to one-under for the round.

The scorecard remained that way as Shubhankar Sharma ended with one-under 70 to share the 65th spot with 10 other golfers, who eventually became the last group to go through to the weekend.

Shubhankar Sharma did just enough in the second round to make the cut at the Celtic Classic

Horsfield seizes the day

English golfer Sam Horsfield was in top form on Friday as he carded seven-under 64 in the second round to enjoy an outright one-shot lead ahead of Belgian golfer Thomas Pieters.

Horsfield hit a bogey and a double-bogey but carded a superb nine birdies on the day, finishing his round with an eagle on the par-5 18th.

The eagle made all the difference in the end as Pieters endured a challenging second round in comparison, beginning with a bogey on the par-4 first and hitting another on the 13th hole.

Though Pieters carded six birdies in the second round, a third bogey on the final hole meant that he finished with three-under 68 for the round and a 10-under 132 overall.