Nov 16, 2018: India’s Rookie of the Year contender Shubhankar Sharma, made an resilient comeback with an impressive five-under-par 67 in the second round at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. Matt Wallace carded an excellent bogey-free 65 to take a one-shot lead into the weekend.
Sharma shot eight birdies and a lone bogey with a double to card five-under-par 67. His brilliant second round spotted him to tie for twentieth place on the leaderboard.
The Englishman Wallace, is looking for a fourth European Tour title of the season and a first Rolex Series victory but he had an elite chasing pack behind him at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Countryman Danny Willett fired a 67 to sit in second at ten under alongside first-round leaders Adrian Otaegui and Jordan Smith, with reigning Masters Champion Patrick Reed a further shot back after a bogey-free 66.
In the battle to be crowned Europe’s Number One, Tommy Fleetwood needs a win this week to have a chance of successfully defending his Race to Dubai title and he was at eight under after a 67.
The Englishman also needs Francesco Molinari to finish outside of the top five, with a 73 leaving the Open Champion eight shots off the lead.
South African Dean Burmester matched Wallace’s 65 to sit at eight under alongside Fleetwood, two-time winner of this event Rory McIlroy and Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
Swede Alexander Björk was the third man to match the lowest round of the week on Friday, and his 65 left him alongside fellow Swede Henrik Stenson four shots off the lead.
A victory on Sunday would make Wallace the 14th player to win four times or more in a European Tour season and the first since Alex Noren in 2016.