Shubhankar Sharma bounces back to make the cut at Portugal Masters golf

After a challenging opening day, Shubhankar Sharma managed to turn things around with a solid second round at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

By Subhayan Dutta

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma managed to make the cut at the Portugal Masters after he finished tied-40 after the second round at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura on Friday.

Sharma had endured a dramatic first round at the Portugal Masters on Thursday, which saw him card a rare albatross and a double bogey on the final two holes to finish two over par.

His first round comprised two additional bogeys, one more double bogey and a birdie. The two-time European Tour winner made amends in the second round by carding five birdies and a single bogey.

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma made the cut at the Portugal Masters.

He started his second round by carding three birdies on the second, fourth and the eighth holes to finish three-under par midway through the course.

Sharma carded another birdie on the tenth and managed par on the next four holes before hitting a bogey.

However, Sharma made up for it with a birdie on par-five 17th to end the second round four-under par with an aggregate score of 140 (73+67).

The cut was established at par. Shubhankar Sharma had made the cut just once in his previous six outings.

Julien Guerrier retains lead

France's Julien Guerrier leads the Portugal Masters after the first two rounds as he sits 14-under par.

The Frenchman had an excellent first round on Thursday, which saw Guerrier raining birdies at will - nine to be precise - to finish nine under par.

Guerrier started the second round with a bogey on the very first hole and repeated the same on the sixth to finish one-under par at the break.

However, the Frenchman managed four birdies at the back-nine that saw him finish five under par at the end of Friday.

Julien Guerrier is followed by Sihwan Kim and Lian Johnston in the leaderboard.