Shubhankar finishes eighth at Open Championships


India’s Shubhankar Sharma produced the best-ever result by an Indian at golf’s oldest Major, the Open Championships, as he finished tied-eighth. Sharma, playing his third Open, was the only player on the final day logging a bogey-free round of 1-under 70 for a total of 5-under 279. He finished Tied-eighth, earning a recall to the Open in 2024 also. Sharma’s result was also the second best by an Indian in any Major behind the T-5 by Anirban Lahiri at the 2015 PGA Championships. Jeev Milkha Singh was also T-9 at the 2008 PGA Championships. The previous best by an Indian at an Open was T-27 by Jyoti Randhawa in 2004 at Royal Troon, where the Open returns next year. The runaway winner was the short left-hander from the United States, Brian Harman, who refused to fall prey to nerves as he had six years ago in the US Open. He started the wet and soggy final day at Royal Liverpool Golf Club with a five-shot lead and finish six ahead of a foursome — Tom Kim (67), Sepp Straka (69) , Jason Day (69) and Jon Rahm (70), who were all tied at 7-under 277. Sharma, who made the cut on his 27th birthday, and Cameron Young were tied eighth at 5 under 279, while Rory McIlroy (68) and Argentine Emiliano Grillo (68) were tied sixth.