Doha, Qatar, 24-03-2022

Shubhankar Sharma shoots opening round of 66 at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters to be placed tied second

Shubhankar Sharma shot an error-free six-under 66 in the opening round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters to be placed tied second, two shots off the lead.

Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal led the field at 64.

Sharma was tied for second along with Denmark’s Marcus Helligkilde, Frenchman Romain Langasque and Poland’s Adrian Meronk.

Shubhankar said, "I played really well. It was quite an early tee off, I don’t remember the last time I teed off at 6:55am so I just tried to stay awake on the back nine, which was my front nine, but I made two quick birdies straight out of the gate and then made another three birdies in the next seven holes to be five under after nine. The front nine here is tougher, I think, compared to the back nine and it got slightly windier so I made a few good par putts and it was good to make that birdie on the eighth and finish with a 66.

“It’s more mental, I think. Technically, I’ve not really changed anything but I’ve just become more process-oriented. I’ve also learned to let go of bad rounds and bad shots. I’ve been playing well for some time now, it started last season, at the end of last season where I had some good finishes and I’ve managed to carry it forward into this season as well."

Picture: Joy Chakravarty

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