Shubhankar Sharma fires course record of 64 in Indian Open second round

Pablo Larrazabal

Shubhankar Sharma caught fire on the back nine to break the course record with an 8-under 64. I got off to a good start even though I was just 2-under for the front nine. He closed with a 62 last month to win the Malaysian Open, making him the only two-time victor on the European Tour this season.

"Waking up this morning, I didn't think I was going to make it, " Larrazabal said.

"If you told me I would be seven-under-par going into the weekend after being five-over-par on my opening nine holes (10th to 18th) yesterday, I would just have laughed", said the Indian youngster with a smile at the end of the day.

Emiliano Grillo had a two stroke lead after the opening round of the Hero Indian Open was suspended due to darkness on Thursday.

He ended tied ninth at the PGA Tour event in Mexico after leading going into the final round, when he was overtaken by American great Phil Mickelson.

Shubhankar's 64 has also given him a chance to catch up with the Argentine Grillo over the last two rounds. "I knew I had momentum on my side and was playing well", Sharma said.

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"I knew the course record is seven-under par".

"I nearly had to play flawless golf out there. I'm pretty pleased. Hit the fairways and greens - I'll have the same mentality whether I'm six shots ahead or behind". I just need to foot on the pedal and keep on going. I'm very happy with the way I played.

The 21-year-old from Chandigarh, who made his way to the top of the order of merit in Asian and European Tour after clinching the Joburg Open and Maybank Championship, rated his round as one among his top 5 so far. That man Campbell again, at the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open in 2001, Ian Poulter at the Turkish Open four years ago and Sam Torrance at the 1996 European Masters.

I pointlessly, as it transpired, looked back to see how five and six shot leaders have fared on the European Tour since 1996 so now I've looked at four-stroke leaders at halfway.

Former champion Arjun Atwal, who was one-under 71 yesterday, scored five-over 77 and three-time victor in 2017 Shiv Kapur (76, 72) are likely to miss the cut as they are four-over 148 after two days. "When I practised on Tuesday and played the pro-am on Wednesday, I was telling myself that I'll be in a good position if I can just shoot under par every day".

Top scores: Emiliano Grillo (ARG) - 11 (-4); Shubhankar Sharma (IND) -7 (-8); Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) -6 (-1), Andrew Johnston (ENG) -6 (-6).

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