Shubhankar Sharma finishes Tied 63 at Celtic Classic golf

The Indian golfer continued his below-par show since returning to action post the COVID-19 break to card an aggregate of two-under-282 at the Celtic Manor Resort.

By Naveen Peter

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma finished a distant tied-63rd at the Celtic Classic golf championships on Sunday.

The 24-year-old’s uneventful outing continued in the final round too as an even-par card in round four wrapped up his campaign with an aggregate two-under-282.

Meanwhile, England' Sam Horsfield clinched his second title of the UK swing of the European Tour on Sunday following a quality show that saw him card four-under 67 for the day with his aggregate reading at 18-under 266.

Having failed to impress with his play so far, Shubhankar Sharma’s hopes of turning the tide got off to a poor start on Sunday with a bogey in the opening hole.

Though the two-time European Tour winner made up for the miss with a birdie on the par-four fifth, Shubhankar Sharma’s topsy-turvy run continued as he headed into the back nine on par score.

Shubhankar Sharma.

The story was no different on the return as Shubhankar Sharma endured a bogey for every birdie he sunk to head into the clubhouse on an even-par score. 

Sam Horsfield, though, has no such issues as a bogey-free final round took the Englishman to 18-under, helping him win a second title in two weeks after his triumph at the Hero Open in Birmingham earlier.

Despite starting the round a shot behind the overnight leader Thomas Detry of Belgium, Horsfield said he barely felt any nerves and backed his irons to see him through.

“I never really felt nervous or felt uncomfortable, maybe because I was in this situation a few weeks ago,” he told the European Tour following his win.

“I’m a little more relaxed than the last time I did it. It was good. I felt like I played really solid all day and gave myself a lot of opportunities.”

Horsfield’s win on Sunday was not without its own challenges as afternoon thunderstorms at the Celtic Manor Resort pushed the game further by two hours which resulted in the golfers struggling as the round drew to a close.

“It was pretty dark coming down 18. That putt on 18 I couldn’t really see much of what was going on but I was set in stone on finishing that round. I didn’t want to get up at whatever time and finish on Monday morning,” the Englishman said. 

What next on the European Tour?

The six-week-long UK swing of the European Tour continues with the Wales Open on August 20 at the Celtic Manor Resort. 

Shubhankar Sharma will be joined by Shiv Kapur as the Indian participants at the event.