Good Sports: MASTERS INVITATION
Shubhankar Sharma, a 21-year-old golfer from Chandigarh, has accepted an invitation to play in this month’s Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. He will become only the fourth Indian to play in the Masters, following Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, and Anirban Lahiri.
“Golf is a global game, and throughout our history we have extended invitations to deserving international players not otherwise qualified,” said Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, announcing the invitation in early March. “As his results have proven, Shubhankar Sharma is a remarkable young player, and we look forward to welcoming him to Augusta National in April.”
Sharma had won twice in the previous four months on the European Tour and finished in a tie for ninth at the WGC-Mexico Championship, holding the lead after 36 and 54 holes. Now ranked No. 66 on the official World Golf Ranking, Sharma will make his first appearance in a major championship at the Masters.
“I wasn’t happy with the way I finished the (WGC-Mexico Championship), but when I got the call for the Masters, all the pain got washed away,” Sharma said. “It is every golfer’s dream to get to the Masters.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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