Sharma believes he is close to rediscovering the form that led him to two wins on the Asian Tour and is capable of following the footsteps of Hideki Matsuyama, who won the title in 2016.
Heartbreak for Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma at Scottish Open, feels better prepared for links challenge
Shubhankar Sharma missed his second cut in his second tournament on a links course, but is confident he has learned enough to put on a good show at next week’s Open Championship
"So it's great to see it and great Augusta afforded Shubhankar Sharma an invitation," Mcllroy said at Palm Harbor, Florida.
Focus will be on Sharma as he joins the who's who of Indian golf such as Anirban Lahiri, Shiv Kapur and two-time defending champion SSP Chawrasia, among others.
Shubhankar will become the fourth Indian player to compete in the Masters, following Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal and Anirban Lahiri.
Shubhankar Sharma rises to 72nd position in world rankings to become the best Indian golfer in the world
Shubhankar Sharma on Monday emerged as the best Indian golfer in the world, grabbing the 72nd position in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) after his recent title triumph at Maybank Championship.
Shubhankar Sharma relishes prospect of playing with 'idol' Tiger Woods at next year's Open Championship
Sharma also said his focus is to get as many world ranking points and break into the top-50 "as soon as possible."
Meet Shubhankar Sharma, whose Joburg Open title makes him youngest Indian golfer to win on European Tour
India has another winner on the European Tour after 21-year-old Shubhankar Sharma won the Joburg Open by three shots.
Joburg Open: Shubhankar Sharma becomes first Indian to win title; earns place in next year's British Open
Shubhankar Sharma became the first Indian golfer to clinch the Joburg Open today, his maiden European Tour title that also earned him a ticket to the prestigious British Open next year.
Bhullar, who shot 71 on the East Course, found his rhythm on the West Course as he birdied second, sixth and then three times in a row from ninth to 11th.