Shubhankar receives a surprise, plays Pro-Am with cricket player Lara

DUBAI: He barely arrived in Dubai after a week in Abu Dhabi, Shubhankar Sharma I had a surprise waiting for him at the Omega Pro-Am Dubai Desert Classic .

The 23-year-old, who was coming to Dubai for his third consecutive start at the historic event, immediately learned that he was paired with the legend of cricket. Brian Lara for the Pro-Am.

It was a pleasant surprise and I loved playing with him, said Sharma, who was T-29 with the four rounds below the pair last year.

We talked about both cricket and golf, I asked him about cricket and he a little about golf. It plays very well and has a single-digit disadvantage, Sharma added.

We got along pretty well and decided that we would try to catch a round, whenever we could, in India or elsewhere. Surely it was very nice and I know how big his name is in cricket and it is a familiar name even in India.

While Sharma was at Pro-Am, Gaganjeet Bhullar , also making his third start at the event, he was admiring the skyscrapers, which form an impressive backdrop for this Emirates Golf Club.

This city always fascinates me, said Bhullar, who had a good weekend last year with a pair of 69 and finished T-38.

Both Sharma and Bhullar felt that scoring would be difficult this time with the thicker rude than usual. And it was also a similar vision of many of the other stars.

Sharma said: The cousin will hit the ball straight and in the streets. Therefore, you will not see many pilots, surely they will be there in some holes, but there will be more than 3 woods.

Bhullar agreed and said: You miss the streets and you could go home early. The greens are much smaller and the streets narrower and the rough is up.

Sharma plays with Ryan Fox and Steven Brown at 8.10 in the morning. Fox is one of the players who turns Wednesday, and the other is Eddie Pepperell. Bhullar leaves with Sean Crocker and Jeff Winther in the afternoon at 12.10 pm.

Jeev Milkha Singh is the Indian with most appearances at Dubai Desert Classic with 17 starts, of which he made the cut in nine. His best was T-6 in 2001 and another good result was T-10 in 2013.

Almost all players felt that difficult would be a problem.

Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau said: Last year, I didn't handle it as best I could, but still I could do it. It will be a great ball hit, an iron game and many putts.

I think my wedge game has improved a lot and I am personally looking forward to this week's new test; the difficult thing is a little more, so being on the street will be key, and if you have a great wedge game, you can go up and down and correct the mistakes you have, it is definitely a viable option to win.