Shubhankar Sharma will continue his quest to get closer to the ultimate goal of getting onto the PGA Tour, as he tees up at this week at the $9.5 million CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges.
CIMB Classic: Shubhankar Sharma gets second career Top 10 finish on PGA Tour; emotional Marc Leishman wins title
Shubhankar Sharma was unable to find the momentum that had carried him into a share of the lead after three rounds as he slid to Tied-10th on the final day of the CIMB Classic. Yet, it was his second Top 10 finish on the PGA Tour.
CIMB Classic: Shubhankar Sharma in contention for maiden PGA Tour title after taking a share of lead
Shubhankar Sharma could open the door to a whole new world if he shakes off co-leaders Gary Woodland (67) and Marc Leishman (67) to win his maiden PGA Tour title at the CIMB Classic.
Sharma, who was recently bestowed with the Arjuna Award, was in tied 14th place, four shots behind the surprise leader Bronson Burgoon (63) of USA.
CIMB Classic: Shubhankar Sharma says one good round can help him get his confidence back ahead of Kuala Lumpur event
Shubhankar Sharma along with the in-form Gaganjeet Bhullar, Anirban Lahiri — who has been here before and was T-3 in 2015 — and Rahil Gangjee lead the Indian contingent.
CIMB Classic: Shubhankar Sharma looking to upset odds and clinch Asian Tour order of merit, PGA Tour card
Sharma won February's Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur and he returns to the city on top of the Asian Tour prize money standings ahead of the CIMB Classic.
Lahiri has usually begun his season at the CIMB Classic for the last couple of years, but this time he is keen to get off to a good start at the Safeway Open.
"I felt like I let the team down, and I feel like I need to go back out there and contribute to the winning cause," Lahiri said after getting the call from International captain Nick Price.
Lahiri confessed that he made a bad club selection at the start.
The 27-year-old Lahiri was going fine at one-under through 11 holes with two birdies and one bogey when he hit a rough patch with three bogeys in a row from 12th to the 14th.
Lahiri will get another chance to reinforce his growing reputation and also improve on his world ranking of 69th position.
Kapur conceded he must erase the mental mistakes to overcome a six-shot deficit from leaders Stroud and Moore.
The 31-year-old Indian star is eight shots behind the leader, American Keegan Bradley at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club's West course.