Shubhankar Sharma finishes 14th at the Dutch Open | Golf News

CROMVOIRT (Netherlands): Indian Shubhankar Sharma finished a good week, with 18 birdies, with a tie for 14th at the Dutch Open on the DP World Tour.
Sharma managed up to 18 birdies in four days. But the Indian also gave away 13 bogeys.
The arrival would nonetheless give Sharma a big boost, given he has missed four cuts in five previous starts.
After three birdies on his first 71, Sharma birdied six on a second-round 71 and six more on his third-round 69.
The final round saw two birdies on the front nine, but he gave up three bogeys in his first six holes on the back nine before closing with a birdie on the 18th for the third time in four days.
With a busy schedule ahead, Sharma will be hoping his birdie-making skills will develop even as he works to reduce bogeys to improve on his 17th-place finish in the Race to Dubai standings.
The other two Indians, Gaganjeet Bhullar (73-74) and SSP Chawrasia (74-77) missed the cut.
Meanwhile, 29-year-old Dundee-based Frenchman Victor Perez was exceptional at clutch putting and held off Kiwi Ryan Fox in a shoot-off to win his second DP World Tour title.
Perez started the final day with a share of the lead, but after Fox’s big show he was three strokes back as he stood on the 17th tee.
Fox doubled the 18th bogey and Perez birdied on the penultimate hole, then missed a six-footer for a birdie. The duo went into a tie and a shoot-off on the par-five 18th.
Perez also earns himself a place at the 150th Open Championship this summer alongside Fox and Poland’s Adrian Meronk, with the top three players in the top ten not exempt from heading to St Andrews.
Meronk finished a shot out of the shoot-off after a 68, a score matched by Germany’s Marcel Schneider who finished at 11 under.
Swede Sebastian Soderberg and Englishman Matt Wallace were ten cents, two strokes ahead of another Swede in Alexander Björk and Portugal’s Ricardo Gouveia.

Michael C. Ford