Superb Sharma roars to victory

04 February 2018 21:19:36 GMTPlus11

Shubhankar Sharma said his life has changed dramatically in the last few months after claiming a superb two-shot victory at the Maybank Championship.

Sharma won his maiden European Tour title late last year at the Joburg Open and he backed that up with another win in Malaysia.

And his follow-up success was perhaps even more impressive, as he carded a ten-under par round of 62 on the final day at the Saujana Golf & Country Club to finish two shots clear of Spaniard Jorge Campillo.

He told the official European Tour website: "I knew I had to make a lot of birdies to catch the leaders. I made a lot of birdies on the front nine and just continued on the back nine.

"To be honest, I wasn't thinking about the leaderboard. I wanted to set a target in my mind and try to achieve it.

"On the 13th I knew I was somewhere near the leaders, but on 16 I knew I had a two-shot lead. I told myself 'if I can make two more birdies, that would give me a good chance to win'.

"The last two months have changed my life. I've been a member on the Asian Tour for a while and I will continue to be a member on the Asian Tour.

"I've always dreamt of winning and now I'm a two-time winner on the Asian Tour and European Tour."

Sharma claimed a place at the Open Championship by virtue of his win in Johannesburg and he is 201.00 to claim the Claret Jug this summer - while Rory McIlroy is available at 11.00 and Jason Day is priced at 23.00.

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