Sharma holds nerve to claim maiden tour win

Source:Reuters Published: 2017/12/11 22:48:40

India's Shubhankar Sharma claimed a maiden European Tour title at the rain-hit Joburg Open on Monday when he returned to the course to card a ­final-round 69 to secure a three-shot victory at the Randpark Golf Club.

The 21-year-old Sharma led for the final two rounds after a scintillating 61 on Friday and had 11 holes to complete after lightning, rain and hail forced the event into an extra day.

His tournament total of 23 under par was three ahead of South African Erik van Rooyen (66), whose outright second place provided him with a best-ever European Tour finish.

"It feels wonderful to have won. I actually wasn't going to come to South Africa about a week ago, but in the end ­decided to travel and I'm really happy I did that," Sharma said at the trophy presentation.

"I hit the ball good and putted well, but the key for me were the ups and downs I made through the week. Once in a while you have to make some par saves to get a round going and I did that."

South African Shaun Norris (65) finished tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen (68) at 17 under par, a result that allows the former to join Sharma and Van Rooyen in the field at next year's Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links. 

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