Sharma drops terrible triple after 4-under first nine, cards 72

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 27: JB Hanse of Denmark plays his chip shot on the 18th hole during day one of the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on January 27, 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Dubai, UAE, Jan 27: For a little over two hours, Shubhankar Sharma seemed to be carrying on from where he had last week as he racked up four birdies on his first nine, which was the back nine of the Emirates Golf Club on the first day of the Dubai Desert Classic.

Turning in 4-under, he seemed set for a low number when the disaster struck. He hit his tee shot on the first out of bounds and then began the problem as he found rough and then went on pile up a seven on the hole for triple bogey. He did manage to stem the rot with a string of pars but then again on the eighth, his penultimate hole, he hit right into the bushes and paid for hit with a bogey and ended with an even par 72 and was placed T-57.

Joachim Hansen managed to finish despite the fading light which forced suspension of play before all players could finish. He led the field at 7-under 65 and one shot behind him with one hole to play was South African Justin Harding.

There was a huge bunch of players including some big names like Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood besides Thongchai Jaidee, Pablo Larrazabal and Andrea Pavan, who seemed to finding his form of late. Fabrizio Zanotti was also at 5-under but had one more hole to go.

Colling Morikawa, who finished in a tie for 62nd at last week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, showed that his range sessions had worked as he shot 4-under 68. The round included a run of four birdies from 15th to 18th on the back nine of the course, which was his first nine. Also shooting 4-under 68 was Viktor Hovland and Kiradech Aphibarnrat while Lee Westwood, who has 10 Top-10s in Dubai, was 3-under 69 with Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Wallace.

Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Bernd Wiesberger were all T-46th at 1-under 71.

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