Shubhankar Sharma. File
Hertfordshire, UK, Aug 8: Shubhankar Sharma continued to shine in patches, as he carded a one-under par 70 in the second round 2020 English Championship for a one-under 141 in two rounds. That was not enough to keep him alive in the low-scoring event, as he exited for the second week in a row in the current UK Swing during the pandemic.
The year 2020, even before the inset of Covid-19, had not been great for the 24-year-old Sharma,
He has made just one cut on the European Tour in 2020 and that came in the first start at the Abu Dhabi Championship where he finished T-59. Since then this is his sixth missed cut in a row and he made the cut only once on a domestic Indian Tour event, the Tata Steel PGTI Players Championship in February and was T-29.
Sharma started with a birdie for the second day in a row but suffered a double bogey on Par-5 sixth, which he bogeyed on the first day, and had another bogey on Par-3 sixth, which he birdied in the first round.
A birdie on ninth was followed by an eagle on Par-5 12th, but a bogeyed on Par-3 16th. The closing birdie on 18th was small consolation as he sits out a second straight weekend.
Meanwhile, Andy Sullivan, who was T-4 at the British Masters, recorded the lowest nine of his European Tour career as he opened up a one shot lead heading into the weekend at the Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & CC.
Sullivan (62) turned in 34 with birdies on the first, sixth and ninth and a single dropped shot on the eighth but really came to life on the back nine with a 28 with seven birdies in nine holes. The only ones he missed out were on 11th and 17th and is now 14-under and one shot clear of countryman Laurie Canter (65) and South Africa’s Dean Burmester (63), who also had a 28 on the back nine.
The cut fell at three-under and among those missing it were last week’s winner, Sam Horsfield and. Gavin Green.
Sullivan, a three-time winner on the European Tour in 2015, has been in some good form and now has nine rounds in the 60s out of ten since the re-start of European Tour during the pandemic.
As many as nine players were three shots off the lead and it included Andrew Johnston (65), Nicolas Colsaerts (66), Jamie Donaldson (64), Min Woo Lee (67) and. Brandon Stone (66).