Cape City – Shubhankar Sharma is feeling relaxed about his Maybank Championship title defence, because the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the 12 months goals to construct on a stellar debut season on the European Tour.
The 22-year-old burst on to the scene with two early victories on the 2018 Race to Dubai, following up his maiden win on the Joburg Open together with his largest victory but, coming from 4 photographs again to take the title at Saujana Golf and Nation Membership.
With two trophies in his cupboard by early February, he cemented his standing as Indian golf’s new rising star by enjoying in all 4 Main Championships and impressing on his World Golf Championships debut, famously main the world-class WGC-Mexico Championship subject by two photographs going into the ultimate spherical earlier than posting a formidable prime ten end.
“I really simply love Malaysia as a rustic. I really like the folks and the warmth would not get to me, which is sweet. Hopefully I can draw on the great reminiscences and play effectively this week,” stated Sharma.
“I positively really feel like I’ve grow to be a greater participant from final 12 months. Clearly I’ve extra expertise. I’ve performed among the largest occasions on the earth, I performed in the entire Majors final 12 months. In two of these Majors I used to be really enjoying in entrance of Tiger, so the most important crowds I’ve ever seen. It is good that I’ve seen all of these conditions.
“I am way more relaxed now, however you do not wish to get too relaxed if you end up enjoying. These are among the greatest gamers on the earth and it’s important to be 100 p.c, however I am going to positively be extra comfy than I used to be final 12 months enjoying within the marquee group.”
Sharma is joined within the subject on this week’s co-sanctioned Maybank Championship by Jazz Janewattananond, one other younger participant who has impressed on each the European Tour and Asian Tour and has aspirations of difficult the perfect on the earth within the close to future.
The 23-year-old Thai claimed his third Asian Tour title on the Singapore Open in January to interrupt into the highest 100 within the Official World Golf Rating, and is aiming for an excellent end this week to assist propel him in direction of his subsequent intention of following his buddy and up to date European Tour winner Justin Harding of South Africa into the highest 50.
Additionally teeing it up the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur this week are three-time Main winner and present European Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington and his victorious predecessor Thomas Bjorn, in addition to American Kurt Kitayama, who has emulated Sharma this 12 months by racing to 2 European Tour victories in his rookie season.