Shubhankar Sharma missed his first cut on the European Tour after making the last eight consecutively at the US$ 5mn Alfred Dunhill Link Championship, the high profile pro-am event played annually at St. Andrews, Scotland.
Shubhankar shot 70-78-68 (even-par 216) and Ajeetesh Sandhu, who was also playing in the event, shot 71-77-76 (8-over 224) to miss the three-day cut set at 2-under 214.
The tournament is played as a pro-am, with the format based on the long-running United States PGA Tour‘s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am where the team consists of one amateur and one professional. The three course rotation consists of The Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie Golf Links and Kingsbarns Golf Links, three of the world’s highest rated courses.
The 54-hole cut is made of the top 60 professionals and the leading 20 pro-am teams, regardless of the professional member of the team making the individual cut. These players and teams advance to the final round at St Andrews.
To increase interest in the event, many of the amateurs are well known personalities from the worlds of sport and entertainment like cricketers Ian Botham, Michael Vaughan, Shane Warne, Hollywood stars Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Justin Timberlake, sportsmen Gary Lineker, Boris Becker, Michael Phelps, and Oscar Pistorius.
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