Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma will compete for the primary time in over 4 months when he tees off on the Hero Open beginning right here on Thursday. Sharma celebrated his 24th birthday final week. The occasion additionally marks the primary time an Indian firm can be sponsoring a full-fledged skilled golf occasion in Europe. The occasion carries a prize purse of 1 million euros.
Sharma was wanting ahead to the Hero Indian Open earlier than it turned one of many many occasions to be cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m wanting ahead to the grouping as each are nice guys,” stated Sharma.
“The journey (from India to UK) was totally different from what I’ve accomplished to date. I wanted some safeguards resembling an area go well with to achieve Birmingham. Now that I’m in a bubble, life is again to regular, if we are able to name it so!,” he added.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, 56, will make a file 707th begin on the European Tour. The charismatic Spaniard turned professional in 1982 when many within the present Hero Open discipline weren’t even born.
He received 33 worldwide titles, together with 21 on European Tour and he passes Sam Torrance’s file of 706.
Sharma, a two-time winner on European Tour, will tee up with two standard stars Andy Sullivan and Eddie Pepperell for the primary two days.
“The European Tour has accomplished some wonderful planning and proven numerous ardour and care. Hats off to Mr. Keith Pelley, our CEO.
“Additionally I want to thank Air India, our nationwide provider, for being so useful and fabulous all the best way. Now it’s time to hit the course and see some motion. Thanks everybody.” Sharma could have former skilled Gurbaaz Mann on the bag for this and the following 5 weeks by means of the rest of the six-week UK Swing. The UK Swing started final week with the Betfred British Masters.
“Gurbaaz was with me once I performed the WGC-Mexico and I play with him typically at dwelling additionally. So it ought to be good and I’m feeling good with my sport. I ought to get in a spherical of observe earlier than the primary spherical,” stated Sharma.
One other man making a landmark look this week is Scotland’s David Drysdale and he’ll start his 500th European Tour look with Italian Edoardo Molinari and England’s Jordan Smith.
Danish teenager Rasmus Hojgaard and South Africa’s Justin Harding each pushed Paratore over the weekend final week and they’re going to tee off collectively alongside England’s Matthew Southgate.
Former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell is taking part in his second occasion of the UK Swing.