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It was the first hole-in-one for Indian star Shubhankar Sharma at the 80th Italian Golf Open. On the beautiful course of the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, Sharma had this incredible moment on the 17th hole, par 3, a hole that in the first round he had instead closed in four strokes, tripping over a bogey. He made this first ace of the competition with a 5 iron and from 217 yards (about 198 meters).
The 26 year old golfer has hit his first ever tournament hole in one in Italy during the morning of round 2 at the Italian Open which he celebrated with a beer party for the caddies after the round.
Eventually Sharma made his second consecutive cut on the DP World Tour shooting 73-67-73-70 (1-under 283) to finish 26th in the US$ 3.25 mn event being played at the 2023 Ryder Cup venue, Marco Simone GC in Rome.
There were three aces in all during the week, including one by Thristan Lawrence on the 226 yard par-3 7th that earned him a DS 4 car. That was also the only one of the three to be captured on film.
While Sharma has yet to find his form this season, he has nevertheless qualified for The Open championship to be held in July by finishing in the top 30 in the 2022 European Tour rankings.
Meanwhile, the other Indian with full playing rights on the European Tour this year, Manu Gandas of Gurgaon, who shot 71-80 to miss the cut by six-strokes. Manu has yet to find his comfort zone in his first ever year playing in Europe, who was only playing on the PGTI for the past decade.
Another positive test for the French Matthieu Pavon, who closed the second round with a partial 70 (-1) shots, out of a total of 133 (63 70, -9), without however being able to repeat the performance of the first round .
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