India’s Shubhankar Sharma fired 10 birdies to stun crowds and secure a two-shot win at the US$3 million Maybank Championship in Malaysia on Sunday.
It is the second Asian Tour and European Tour victory for the 21-year-old, who pocketed US$500,000 and triumphed with a final-round 10-under-par 62, just two months after clinching the Joburg Open.
Speaking to reporters after the win, the world number 193 said 10 was his lucky number.
“It’s always tough to make more birdies when you’re trailing the leaders, but I was calm and fantastic, so it was great,” he said.
“I’ve had a few 10-under pars, the first one I shot was in Manila two years back. And then I shot 10-under again in Joburg to win, so that number is lucky for me.”
Sharma came into the final round tied-19th, needing to make up four shots to catch overnight leaders Spaniard Jorge Campillo and South African Dylan Frittelli.
His road to victory began with an incredible four consecutive birdies, which included a 15-foot putt at the seventh hole, then another birdie on the ninth, followed by an impressive birdie on the 11th and four more in the last seven holes.
“I didn’t start well, but made the four birdies,” he said.
“Even on the back nine, I just kept playing well. It’s still sinking in, really happy with the way I played.”
— Shubhankar Sharma (@shubhankargolf) February 4, 2018
Runner-up Jorge Campillo carded 68 for an overall 19-under-par 269.
His compatriot Pablo Larrazabal was tied-third with New Zealander Ryan Fox.
Fritelli finished tied-fifth, along with Italy’s Nino Bertasio, India’s Khalin Joshi and Japanese duo Ryo Ishikawa and Hideto Tanihara.
Lee Westwood, who shot a 62 on Friday, was unable to maintain his form and finished tied-11th together with French pair Matthieu Pavon and Romain Wattel, Netherlands’ Joost Luiten, Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer and American Paul Peterson.
Final round scores of the Maybank Championship Malaysia (par 72):
267 – Shubhankar Sharma (IND) 70-69-66-62
269 – Jorge Campillo (ESP) 69-66-66-68
270 – Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) 70-70-64-66, Ryan Fox (NZL) 68-68-68-66
272 – Nino Bertasio (ITA) 68-65-70-69, Ryo Ishikawa (JPN) 74-66-63-69, Hideto Tanihara (JPN) 71-64-68-69, Khalin Joshi (IND) 67-70-65-70, Dylan Frittelli (RSA) 69-66-66-71
273 – Berry Henson (USA) 69-68-65-71
274 – Matthieu Pavon (FRA) 70-67-70-67, Joost Luiten (NED) 72-68-66-68, Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 69-66-71-68, Romain Wattel (FRA) 67-73-65-69, Lee Westwood (ENG) 72-62-70-70, Paul Peterson (USA) 69-70-65-70
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