Khalin Joshi, who was Shubhankar Sharma’s roommate when the latter won the Malaysian Championships, cannot help feeling inspired by his friend, who is now leading at the World Golf Championships in Mexico in the company of the world’s very best.
Par is going to be your friend. The Gary Player-designed course at DLF Golf and Country Club is a real test of patience and everyone is bound to make some mistakes - Khalin Joshi Hero Indian Open 2018
Rising star Joshi, who is still looking for his maiden title on Asian and European Tours, was Tied-5th as Sharma stormed to a career-changing win in Kuala Lumpur.
Now Joshi feels he is ready to do the same at the upcoming US$1.75 million Hero Indian Open next week.
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Joshi will not be the only Indian youngster looking to hitting it big time. His Bengaluru colleague, S Chikkarangappa, often seen as one of the most talented youngsters on the Indian scene, wants to do likewise and add to the two Asian Development Tour titles he already has.
In recent years Anirban Lahiri was the major inspiration, but now Shubhankar has kindled the fire in the ‘not-so-young’ category, too. Shiv Kapur, who won three times in 2017, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Ajeetesh Sandhu, all of whom are few years older than Shubhankar, Joshi and Chikka, can also feel the adrenalin.
And, SSP Chawrasia, naturally has a ‘big milestone’ ahead of himself – as he tries to become the first player ever to make it ‘three-in-a-row” at the Hero Indian Open following his wins in 2016 and 2017.
Then there is the generation above them all, led...