Britannia Rules Again In The Land Of The Raj
Two Englishmen played a well-managed final round in the 2018 Indian Open and ended up duelling in a play-off for the right to walk off the DLF Golf Course as the ultimate winner. Only one could win and that honour went to Matt Wallace.
The play-off came at the end of play when both Wallace and Andrew “Beef” Johnston were stale-mated at 11-under par. The play-off hole was the stunning 18th par five – Johnston played conservatively and went for a lay-up while Wallace charged and landed on the putting surface in two. Advantage Wallace and he walked off with a birdie, the trophy and a winner’s check for €275,827.
Wallace deserved the win as he charged into the lead in the final round by coaxing his way through a golf course with a proven reputation to play tough when it is challenged. This was what happened when young Indian sensation Shubhankar Sharma tried to horse-whip the Gary Player-designed course only to be subsequently mauled by the golf course.
Tipped to bag the 2018 Indian Open, the 21-year old Sharma’s game headed south from the outset of the fourth round and he ended up tied for seventh at 4-under par.
However, it cannot be denied that he entertained the fans with some spectacular fearless golf and he is going to be around for a long time to come. Looking at it positively, Sharma is going to be excellent for the growth of golf on the sub-Continent.