Masters extends invitation to India’s Sharma

Credit: Eduardo Verdugo

Credit: Eduardo Verdugo

Shubhankar Sharma was extended and accepted an invitation to the 2018 Masters although he has not qualified for the golf tournament.

Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, announced that the 21-year old from India will compete. The Masters Committee, at its discretion, invites international players not otherwise qualified.

“Golf is a global game, and throughout our history we have extended invitations to deserving international players not otherwise qualified,” Ridley said in a statement. “As his results have proven, Shubhankar Sharma is a remarkable young player, and we look forward to welcoming him to Augusta National in April.”

Sharma finished tied for ninth in the WGC Mexico Championship last weekend after leading after the second and third rounds. He has won twice in the past four months at the Joburg Open in December and the Maybank Championship in February. He is ranked No. 66 in the Official World Golf Rankings and will compete in his first major.

Sharma will become the fourth Indian player to compete in the Masters, following Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal and Anirban Lahiri.

The Masters will be April 5-8.