Shub­hankar goes 4-over, misses cut

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - SPORT ASIANGAME - HTC & Agen­cies sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

ST LOUIS (US): In­dia’s Shub­hankar Sharma missed the cut at the PGA Cham­pi­onships af­ter a poor sec­ond round at the Bel­lerive Coun­try Club. Af­ter an im­pres­sive one-un­der in the first round, he carded 4-over in the sec­ond round to end with 3-over 143.

Ear­lier, Shub­hankar was one­un­der through seven holes in the sec­ond round be­fore play was stopped be­cause of in­clement weather. Play­ing his fourth suc­ces­sive Ma­jor this year, he had looked good be­fore the break, be­ing two-un­der for the tour­na­ment at that stage and looked set to make his sec­ond straight cut in a Ma­jor. But he had a poor card on re­turn.

Mean­while, Gary Woodland en­joyed a lazy start to the day as nearly half the field went to work early Satur­day to com­plete their rain-in­ter­rupted sec­ond rounds but could not nudge the Amer­i­can off the top of the leader­board.

HITAASHEE WINS

HONG KONG : In­dia’s Hitaashee Bak­shi won the Hong Kong ju­nior golf cham­pi­onship in the girls’ un­der 13-14 years age cat­e­gory. Kar­tik Sharma and Sun­hit Bish­noi fin­ished sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively, in the boys’ 15-17 years age cat­e­gory. The tour­na­ment was held at Dis­cov­ery Bay Golf Club in Hong Kong where ap­prox­i­mately 60 ju­niors from eight coun­tries had par­tic­i­pated. Hitaashee, Kar­tik and Sun­hit were among six golfers from the DLF Golf Acad­emy Nur­tur­ing Ex­cel­lence Pro­gramme. In March this year, Kar­tik had at­tained the No. 1 ama­teur rank­ing in the coun­try. Sun­hit is cur­rently the no.1 ju­nior golfer in In­dia.

CON­TIN­GENT CLEARED

NEW DELHI: The Sports Min­istry has cleared a 804-mem­ber In­dian con­tin­gent, in­clud­ing 572 ath­letes, for the Asian Games but said it will bear the ex­pense of 755 mem­bers with 49 out of 232 of­fi­cials al­lowed at no cost to gov­ern­ment. The min­istry cleared all the ath­letes and of­fi­cials rec­om­mended by the In­dian Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion with the only rider be­ing that only 49 of­fi­cials can be part of the con­tin­gent at the cost of their re­spec­tive fed­er­a­tions.

The gov­ern­ment will bear the cost of 572 ath­letes, 183 of­fi­cials, 119 coaches and 21 doc­tors and phys­io­ther­a­pists.

ATACAMA RALLY

MUM­BAI: Oriol Mena, who fin­ished in the top-10 of the 2018 Dakar Rally, and Joaquim Ro­drigues, will lead Hero Mo­tos­ports team’s charge in the Atacama Rally to be held in Chile from Au­gust 12 to 18.

The rally is part of Hero Mo­tos­ports build-up for the 2019 Dakar Rally af­ter an im­pres­sive dis­play in this year’s event.

The team’s In­dian rider CS San­tosh won’t be part of the rally as he will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the In­dia Baja which will be held from Au­gust 17 to 19 at Thar desert, Jaisalmer.

Hero Mo­tos­ports had fielded three rid­ers in the 2018 Dakar with Mena fin­ish­ing sev­enth and San­tosh 34th, while Ro­drigues was in­jured dur­ing the first stage.

Ro­drigues will make a muchan­tic­i­pated come­back in Chile while Mena will aim to build on his im­pres­sive streak.

He had also fin­ished in the top-15 at the Afriquia Mer­zouga Rally.

USA TO­DAY

Shub­hankar Sharma.

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