Edinburgh (Sakal Times): Shubhankar Sharma will make his debut at the Hero Challenge ahead of the ASI Scottish Open when the unique and innovative event takes place at the iconic Edinburgh Castle.
The 21-year-old Sharma, who has been dividing tis time between Asian, European and PGA Tours, is playing his first full season on the European Tour and the Scottish Open will only be his third start in Europe.
Sharma will be the main Indian interest as he plays alongside American star a 4-tme PGA Tour winner Charley Hoffman, local favourite Richie Ramsay and Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter besides Andrew Johnston and Rafa Cabrera-Bello at the fifth staging of the Hero Challenge series.
The latest edition at the Edinburgh Castle on July 10 local time will also be telecast live for the first time in India on DSport from midnight (Tuesday-Wednesday) to 1 am.
The Hero Challenge has in the past been held at British Masters in 2016, the Scottish Open 2017, the British Masters 2017 and the DP World Tour Championships, Dubai.
Lahiri t-39 at Greenbrier
Anirban Lahiri admitted it was a bitter pill to swallow after a free fall from Tied-sixth in the final round to T-39 at the rock hard greens at the Old White TPC at ‘A Tribute to Military Greenbrier Classic’ on Sunday.
Lahiri, who set the course alight with a 61 on second day and was still T-sixth after third round had his most disappointing round on the final day as he carded six-over 76.
It seemed to be two different courses is how Lahiri described the Old White TPC, where he played for the first time. The 67-61-71 on first three days saw him find 72, 100 and 83 per cent greens in regulations and then it dropped to an abysmal 33 per cent on the final day. As for putting, he missed a whole lot on third and final days when the greens became rock hard and very difficult to putt.
He also dropped four places on the FedExCup rankings and is now 90th as he takes a week off and play to The Open next week.
Aditi finishes t-35
Aditi Ashok shot her best total of the year and yet finished Tied-35th at the low-scoring Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic on Sunday. The 20-year-old Indian, who has missed only three cuts in 13 starts this season, shot 1-under 71 for a total of 12-under 276.
Aditi had a total of five birdies, two bogeys and a double in her 71. Still Aditi’s total of 12-under was 19 shots behind Sei Young Kim, whose final round 7-under 65 saw her total a record 31-under 257, which shattered the 72-hole scoring record, which she previously owned along with Annika Sorenstam, who totaled a 27-under in 2001.
Kim, 25, played the finest four round stretch in the history of the LPGA and she shot 63-65-64-65. Kim was streets ahead of the field as she won by nine shots with Carlota Ciganda in second at 22-under while Anna Nordqvist, Emma Talley and Amy Yang tied for third at 20-under.
On Sunday Aditi, starting the final from 11-under birdied three times on first, third and sixth raising visions of a good finish.