Shubhankar Sharma won the Joburg Open and Malaysian Championships recently.
Rahm will be playing in the World Championships-Mexico Championship, which will be held in Naucalpan March 1 to 4.
With full playing status in Europe and Asia, Sharma said he is learning to adapt to being in the company of the game's marquee names and conceded he was star-struck when he teed up in Abu Dhabi and Dubai earlier this year. He is now one shot behind leader Louis Oosthuizen. "And I didn't really have anywhere to miss it coming out of where I was". He also now heads the Race to Dubai on the European Tour, and the Asian Tour's Habitat for Humanity standings.
After finding the fringe at the driveable first hole, the Indian chipped home for eagle from 10 yards. Sharma closed out the opening round in style after he almost holed out for an eagle just to secure an eventual tap-in birdie.
"It's not a bad way at all (to finish). I'm happy I still have some golf". It was a very, very tough putt, nearly two feet of break on that putt. And hit a lot of good shots, with more than just the driver. I couldn't have hit it in a better place. "You just have to keep working hard", said Sharma.
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Thomas, who is fresh off his eighth Tour victory last week at the Honda Classic, couldn't say the same thing.
"I'm coming really close many times to get onto the PGA Tour. Was pretty happy with the way I drove the ball and I think that was the key".
"To be honest, I'm actually relaxed now". "He said, 'I don't want that one back'".
"Like I did during the FedExCup, because of the last quake that happened in Mexico and the past earthquakes in the last few months, I want to donate some money to the Mexican Red Cross for all these people in need", Rahm said. "I felt like I was just struggling all day, just grinding", said Johnson, who finished with a 2-under 69 and is tied for 13.