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India’s Shubhankar Sharma to make Hero Challenge debut

India’s Shubhankar Sharma to make Hero Challenge debut

Shubhankar, 21, plays alongside the legendary Ryder Cup star, Ian Poulter besides Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Olympic bronze medallist Matt Kuchar, American Charley Hoffman and local man Richie Ramsay.

The 21-year-old Sharma, who hit the European and Asian Tour headlines with two wins at the start of the season, also earned an invitation to the Masters soon after a Top-10 finish in his debut at WGC-Mexico. Later he qualified for the US Open.

“It is my first time at the Hero Challenge and it should be fun. Seeing the Edinburgh Castle was on my list, but hitting a tee shot there is something else. It should be fun,” said Shubhankar as he prepares for the main event.

Talking about his experience of being here for the link events at Scottish Open and then The Open next week, Shubhankar said, “I am feeling good. Last week, the Irish Open was my first taste of link courses. This is the second week of link courses for me and I am very excited. It’s (the Scottish Open) a great preparation for the Open Championship. That is the reason why so many players from the PGA Tour come and play these two weeks in Ireland and Scotland. Even though the set-up of the golf course is not as tough as the Open, but it just prepares you for link golf, for the hard fairways, the pot bunkers and the mounds.”

The 21-year-old Sharma, who hit the European and Asian Tour headlines with two wins at the start of the season, also earned an invitation to the Masters soon after a Top-10 finish in his debut at WGC-Mexico. Later he qualified for the US Open.

The Hero Challenge will see six players play in two groups with the top two going into a knockout for semi-finals, followed by the final.

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