Sharma to make Masters debut in April

Wed 07 Mar 2018

Sharma to make Masters debut in April


March 7: Habitat for Humanity Standings leader Shubhankar Sharma of India will make his debut at the 2018 Masters Tournament this April after receiving an invitation to play in the year’s first Major. 

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a superb last four months where he won the Joburg Open in South Africa in December and the Maybank Championship in Malaysia in February. Both events were sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

He also qualified for the WGC-Mexico Championship last week by leading the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. It was a remarkable debut for Sharma as he led in the second and third rounds by two shots before finishing in tied ninth position.

His fighting spirit won the hearts of many including Phil Mickelson, who played in the final group with Sharma in Mexico before going on to win the tournament, Indian legends Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal and Anirban Lahiri.

“Golf is a global game, and throughout our history we have extended invitations to deserving international players not otherwise qualified,” Augusta National and Masters chairman Fred Ridley said in a prepared statement. “As his results have proven, Shubhankar Sharma is a remarkable young player, and we look forward to welcoming him to Augusta National in April.”

Sharma will become the fourth Indian player to compete in the Masters, following Singh, Atwal and Lahiri.

Players who do not qualify for this year's Masters can still get in by winning a PGA Tour event that awards a full-points allocation for the Tour Championship or by being in the top 50 of the World Golf Ranking published the week prior to the Masters.