Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma continued his terrific form as he made a seventh-straight cut this season on the European Tour’s Cyprus Showdown early on Saturday.
Sharma, a two-time European Tour winner, had begun with a fine 67 in the first round, which included five birdies. It was his sixth-consecutive round in the 60s.
Sharma then continued his upswing with a bogey-free five-under 66 in the second round.
The 24-year-old Shubhankar Sharma carded three consecutive birdies on the opening three holes to start the day and hit par for the rest of the front nine.
The back nine saw Sharma hit two more birdies to card a nine-under aggregate score on the 16th hole before lightning brought an early stop to play on Friday.
With such a comfortable position, the Indian golfer returned early on Saturday to hit par on the final two holes to be placed tied-11th with a score of nine-under.
Shubhankar Sharma will now start with a clean slate as the scores will be reset for the weekend rounds at the Aphrodite Hills Resort in Paphos, Cyprus.
The European Tour event is following a unique format as only the top-32 and tied participants make the cut and only the top-16 progress to the final round on Sunday, so Shubhankar Sharma still has a big job on his hands.
The other Indian golfer at Cyprus, veteran SSP Chawrasia was unable to make the cut, only finishing tied-64th.
Chawrasia’s incredible 67 in the second round, which had six birdies, was not enough to salvage a two-over 73 card in the opening round.
Donaldson class of the field
Welsh golfer Jamie Donaldson went into the weekend with a 12-under score, the best of the field, at the Cyprus Showdown.
James Morrison, Johannes Veerman and Jorge Campillo carried the momentum with an 11-under while six other golfers challenged the leaders with 10-under cards.