NEW YORK: The excitement was building up for Shubhankar Sharma as he neared his tee off time on Thursday at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills. He was all fired up after attending a dinner hosted by Ernie Els, the captain for the 2019 Presidents Cup, and his first two sessions of practice at the course, which will be the battlefield this week.
“I was quite excited to attend the dinner hosted by Ernie Els. He has always been someone I have looked up and he was one of the stars who kindled my interest in golf way back in 2008 (in Delhi). There would be nothing I would love more than to play on the team he leads at the Presidents Cup next year,” said Sharma.
While Sharma is the focus for Indian and Asian fans, the world over there is a great deal of interest in how Tiger Woods performs at his first US Open appearance since 2015. The US Open is also the Major, where Woods won his 14th and last Major in 2008.
Meanwhile, Sharma was among the whole lot of Internationals at the Els Dinner and he admitted he loved it.
But before all that there is this matter of the US Open. “This is one Major I have tried to qualify for in the past and failed to do so. So, it was very satisfying to do so this time.
“In hindsight it made me more determined to do well at the US Open qualifiers. With a berth to the Open already done, this is indeed a big year.”