Shubhankar Sharma starts with a decent 72, lies t-58th at Dubai Desert Classic
Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma got off to a decent start with an even-par 72 and was lying tied-58th after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic.
The two-time European Tour champion Shubhankar had a rollercoaster kind of first-round, where he made four birdies against a single and one triple bogey that vanished his heroics, and he had to settle at the tied-58th position going into the second round.
Sharma, who finished the first event of DP World’s 2022 schedule on the tied-2nd position last week, started this week’s event where he left off as he smashed four birdies in his error-free first nine holes.
He made a mistake on the back-nine, shooting a triple-bogey, then six consecutive pars, a bogey on the eighth, and finally a par to conclude his round at an even-par score.
Joachim B. Hansen of Danish posted a splendid 7-under 65 to sit on top before all players could finish because of fading light that forced suspension of play.
Hansen was one ahead of South African Justin Harding, who was on the 18th before the hooter ended play with light fading.
A group of five players each carded 5-under 67 to share tied-3rd, which included Spanish Sergio Garcia, who won the tournament in 2017.
Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, with Shane Lowry and Bernd Wiesberger, finished round one with matching scores 1-under 71 at tied 46th.