Golf’s newest star, 21-year-old Shubhankar Sharma, scores special Masters invite

Shubhankar Sharma’s whirlwind run from the Asian Tour to becoming the 66th ranked player in the world has earned him a spot in the field at Augusta National next month. Sharma has accepted a special invitation to enter the tournament, which will be his first-ever major.

Via the PGA Tour:

“Golf is a global game, and throughout our history we have extended invitations to deserving international players not otherwise qualified,” Augusta National and Masters chairman Fred Ridley said in a prepared 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.”

In his PGA Tour debut last week, Sharma claimed a 54-hole lead at the WGC-Mexico Championship and eventually finished in a tie for ninth.

As recently as last November, Sharma was ranked 521st in the world, but a win at the European Tour’s Joburg Open led to an improbable second victory at the Maybank Championship in Febraruy, where Sharma shot a 62 on Sunday to win by two strokes. From out of nowhere, Sharma now leads the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings.

In just a few weeks, Sharma will become the fourth player from India to compete at Augusta, joining Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal and Anirban Lahiri.

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