Shubhankar Sharma slips but remains in dispute over the PGA Tour card
NEWBURGH (USA): India Shubhankar Sharma grounded for a par 72 pair that kept him in dispute over a PGA Tour card despite falling from the third draw to the tenth draw in the second round of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.
Sharma shot 72 to reach six less than 138 here on Saturday.
The Indian needs to finish sole sixth or better to lock his PGA Tour card for 2019-20. He is six off the lead, as Chris Baker with 69 moved to 12-under, but Scottie Scheffler, at sixth, is just two ahead of Sharma.
India Anirban Lahiri has already locked his PGA Tour card but skipped the Tour Championship to be with his family in Palm Beach where Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit in the coming days.
Baker shot 69 at the Victoria National Golf Club will take the 36-hole lead while Lanto Griffin and Tom Lewis sit two strokes of the pace with 10 under 134. The 33-year-old baker, who became a professional in 2008, is looking for his first PGA TOUR card.
Sharma, starting from the tenth, had a bogey on the 14th, but made birdie on the 15th to return to the track and became an even pair.
In his second nine he went well with consecutive birdies in second and third, before bogeys in fifth and eighth, his 14th and 17th holes returned him.
Sharma was not very happy with his punches in the second round.
Today (really) was not so good. I wasn't hitting him as close as yesterday. I fought towards the end of the round where I was 2 under the fifth hole that was my 14th.
And then I made some bogeys. I'm quite happy otherwise, I've been playing well. I just need two low on the weekend, and we'll see what happens.
On his failed court, he added: I tried to put things in perspective. I was being too hard on myself in the first two events and just wanted to enjoy playing golf.
I did it yesterday and had a good day. I think that in the next two days I will try not to think about the result and try to enjoy the process.
He concluded: I definitely feel that I belong here and I can play here.