Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma is eagerly waiting to return to the WGC-Mexico Championship to be held at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, Mexico from February 21 to 24.
A year ago, the 22-year-old Panchkula-based star took the world by storm, grabbing the second and third-round leads against a star-studded field at Club Golf de Chapultepec before finishing tied ninth.
Back from a three-week trip to the Middle-East, where he missed two cuts in three starts, Shubhankar returned to India and is back to his training base in Chandigarh. He will next travel to Mexico for the year’s first World Golf Championships.
While disappointed he failed to cross the finish line first, Shubhankar’s valiant run in Mexico last year propelled him to global fame and set him off on an adventure of a lifetime where he featured in all four World Golf Championships plus the majors, won the Asian Tour Order of Merit title and was afforded the Arjuna award.
As the 2019 season unfolds, Shubhankar targets a place on the International team for the President’s Cup and greater success on European Tour and possible passage to the PGA Tour.
Shubhankar believes his 2018 campaign will form the building blocks as he pursues in this endeavour and moves forward with two victories in Asian Tour-European Tour-sanctioned tournaments achieved in South Africa and Malaysia.
He has so far endured a subdued start to 2019 with two missed cuts from three tournaments but a timely return to the tree-lined and tricky Chapultepec course will get his adrenaline rushing again.
“I’m looking forward to going back to Mexico. Obviously, I’ve got lots of special memories and feelings from last year’s tournament. I really like the golf course where you have to be sharp with your game. I’ll be giving my best for sure. You never know what can happen golf is a funny game. I wasn’t able to win it last year and I’ll keep trying,” Shubhankar said.