Sharma ready to live dream at The Open

India’s rising star Shubhankar Sharma will realise a long-time dream when he makes his debut at The 147th Open at Carnoustie, which gets under way on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Sharma clinched a sensational breakthrough on the Asian Tour by winning the Joburg Open last December to earn a coveted spot for the year’s third Major championship.

‘It was my first win’

“That victory will stay with me for the rest of my life. It was my first win and I was literally playing ‘alone’ in South Africa. I will always remember the love and warmth I got from the local fans that week and, of course, the avenues it has opened up for me in life.

“Teeing it up for The Open is the best spin off. I am really excited to be here,” said Sharma, who was the only Indian in the 240-man field at the tri-sanctioned event in Jo’burg.

‘My only dream’

“Playing in The Open has been my only dream, at one point of time, when I started playing golf. I have watched all the past editions on television and I would keep replaying the videos until I feel as if I have played in The Open before,” added Sharma.

After his maiden win in South Africa, the young Indian went on to secure a second Asian Tour title at the lucrative Maybank Championship in Malaysia two months later.

Sharma, who leads the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity standings with a current haul of USD 589,575, added another feather to his cap by earning his second Major appearance at the US Open after making the mark in the Qualifier.PTI

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