It was Sharma's best finish in the nine starts that he had since the European Tour re-started after the coronavirus-induced break. His previous best finish was T-44 at Portugal Masters.
Starting at No. 10, Aaron Rai — who wears gloves on both hands while playing — birdied five of his first six holes and picked up four more shots in a 9-under round. He hasn't made a bogey in his first 36 holes and was on 14-under 126.
Hong Kong Open: Big names struggle in blustery conditions; Aaron Rai, Yusaku Miyazato, Jason Scrivener card 65 to end top
An unfamiliar trio upstaged Ryder Cup stars and the Masters champion in the first round of the Hong Kong Open on Thursday as blustery conditions took their toll on the big names.