Pro Golf – European Tour
24-year-old Shubhankar Sharma, recorded his best finish of the year, tied 8th in Denmark at the US$ 1.8mn Made In HimmerLand Open on the European Tour. He shot creditable scores of 70-69-65-67 (13-under 271) to finish only 3 strokes behind the runner up.
This is Shubhankar’s best finish of a season in which he has made 8 cuts in 13 events. Shubhankar picked up US$ 32,000 (₹23.6 lakhs) to his kitty but is still searching for his 2018 form when he recorded two wins and finished 28th in the European Rankings with Euro 1.2 million in earnings.
Shubhankar will play next at the US$ 1.4mn Porsche European Open from Jun 5-7, in Hamburg, Germany.
Bhullar heads to California, SSP back home
Other Indians on the European Tour, Gaganjeet Bhullar and SSP Chawrasia were unable to play the event due to Covid issues related to permission for Indians to enter Denmark. Gaganjeet decided to head to his earlier training base in Sacramento, California, to spend time with his longtime coach Noah Montgomery.
SSP Chawrasia had to return home to Kolkata as his father was unwell but has since recovered.
Gaganjeet will return to Europe to play the US$ 1.8mn BMW International Open in Munich from June 24-27, where in 2019, he won a BMW M8 worth US$ 235,000 for making an ace at Golfclub Munchen par-3 17th at 204-yards.
SSP is also expected to join Sharma and Bhullar at the BMW International Open.
European Tour forced to make last minute date change in Germany
The Covid pandemic is affecting international sporting events and TV broadcasters, sponsors and venues need to be flexible given the changing government regulations with visitor policies.
The Porsche European Open, earlier scheduled from June 3-6 in Hamburg, at the last minute had to be shortened to 54 holes and rescheduled to June 5-7, ending on a Monday, because the German government suddenly placed the UK on the “Red List”. That meant that anyone coming to Germany from the UK would need to first spend 10 days outside the UK before entering Germany. Counting the time spent in Denmark by players and officials last week, this meant the German event could only start on the Saturday. Because this last minute change could be accommodated, the tournament could still go ahead as planned – a salvage operation in a pure crisis situation !!