Shubhankar Sharma roared back from a four-stroke deficit to claim a remarkable two-shot win at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia for his second European Tour title on Sunday.
The 21-year-old shot 10 birdies in a sizzling closing round of 10-under-par 62 to aggregate 21-under for the tournament, finishing ahead of joint overnight leader Jorge Campillo who carded a 68.
On the weekend, Shubhankar would justify his calm approach. A score of 66 on Saturday brought him to within 4 strokes of the lead. On Sunday he would shoot 10 birdies in a sizzling closing round of 10-under-par 62 to aggregate 21-under for the tournament, finishing two strokes ahead of the pack. It had not been the easiest of rounds.
— Shubhankar Sharma (@shubhankargolf) February 4, 2018
Spain’s Campillo, who missed the opportunity to capture his maiden title on the European Tour in his 196th event, was a shot ahead of New Zealand’s Ryan Fox who was tied third alongside Pablo Larrazabal at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.
Campillo went two clear at the top with an eagle in the first hole but Sharma got within touching distance of the Spaniard with four straight birdies from the fourth.
The relentless Indian, who captured his maiden title at the Joburg Open in December, shot five birdies on the back nine to edge ahead of Campillo and hung on for the victory.
It has been an explosive rise for Shubhankar. When he won the Jo’burg Open in December last year, the 21-years old had become the youngest Indian winner on the European Tour. Yet, if success appears to have come early for Shubhankar, his father at least won’t necessarily have to agree.
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Shubhankar Sharma has moved up 121 places to No. 72 in the official world golf rankings, making him the highest-ranked Indian, ahead of Anirban Lahiri (76), following his win at the Maybank Championship.