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He came, he saw, he conquered. Shubhankar Sharma fired a bogey-free 8-under 64 on the final day of the crucial Turkish Airlines Open to savour a season-best tied-7th, his first top-10 result in a year.
Sharma, who shot 71-64-71-64 for 18-under 270, had 26 birdies, the second-highest in the field, besides an eagle. His 64 on the second and the final day were his best scoring rounds of the year and it also earned him a ticket to South Africa for the second of the 3-event Final series on the European Tour's Race to Dubai.
Sharma missed two birdie chances in the first three holes and was then on fire after a 35-yard chip-in for an eagle from the edge of the fourth hole. Thereafter, the 23-year-old soared with six more birdies for a second bogey-free 8-under 64 and finished at 18-under.
"That was my first goal," he said. "Around the Italian, my goal was just to get to the Final Three with Turkey first. The Top-10 (seventh) in Italy and two other decent finishes in France and Portugal just about got me to Turkey. My next goal was to get into next week (South Africa) and now I want to do well to get Top-50 and Dubai," said Sharma.