Good times keep rolling for Shubhankar
Chooses Anirban Lahiri as partner for the ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup
Melbourne (Sakal Times): Anirban Lahiri, who ended his season in the second leg of the FedExCup play-offs has been the playing partner, Shubhankar Sharma has opted for the 2018 ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf.
Sharma, who qualified as one of the Top 28 eligible players, and as the leading player he had the right to select his playing partner. Sharma, ranked 107, chose the experienced Lahiri, who is ranked 110th.
It has been a great last few days for Sharma, who first qualified for his maiden World Cup and was then recommended for the prestigious national award, the Arjuna Award. He is also leading the Asian Tour’s Habitat for Humanity standings and if he tops that he will become the youngest Indian to become Asia No.1 and follow in the footsteps of Jyoti Randhawa, Arjun Atwal, Jeev Milkha Singh and Anirban Lahiri, who have won the top Asian honours in the past.
It will also be a great chance for both Sharma and Lahiri who will also be hoping to make the Internationals Team for the 2019 Presidents Cup at the same venue.
It will be Sharma’s first World Cup appearance, while Lahiri plays for the second time, the first time was in 2013 with Gaganjeet Bhullar. Lahiri was T-25 individually in 2013.
While Lahiri has been on the PGA Tour since 2015 and made two Presidents Cup teams, the 22-year-old Sharma, a two-time European Tour winner, won the 2017 Joburg Open and 2018 Maybank Championship.
Lahiri has also played in events like the Olympic Games, two Presidents Cup, and three EurAsia Cups. He said, “I’m very excited to be pairing up with Shubhankar. He’s a special talent and a dear friend so obviously it’s going to be a lot of fun. We both have the capability to bring back the trophy if we can play to our abilities. It is special and a great honour to play in India honours.”
Sharma said, “The last few days have been special. First came the selection to the World Cup, then the Arjuna Award and now I play alongside Anirban.”