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Sharma, Wallace Share 54-Hole Lead at Hero Indian Open

After a brutally tough day at DLF Golf and Country Club, Shubhankar Sharma and Matt Wallace share the lead heading into the final round of the Hero Indian Open at 7-under par.

How tough were the conditions on Saturday at the New Delhi track? Some 57 of the 66 players in the field were unable to break par, including 36-hole leader Emiliano Grillo who shot a 6-over 78 to move from a four-shot lead to two-shot deficit.

Wallace, however, was one of those who was able to sign for an under-par scorecard, as the Englishman posted a third-day 2-under par 70.

“I’m very happy. There are some brilliant players up there. You know there is going to be a charge tomorrow and someone is going to play well,” said Wallace.

“I just have to go out there and try to execute like I did today and see how it goes. I’m going to rock up tomorrow and do the same as I’ve done all week.

“It’s such a hard golf course that you have got to play well. I’ll try to get a good night of sleep tonight and go from there.

“Every hole is a test. Every hole is a double bogey waiting to happen. I just took every hole as it came and played it as well as possible. That eagle on nine was probably the highlight of my week – and year – so far.”

While only nine players broke par on moving day, just five more were able to survive at even-par, including rising Indian star Sharma, who shot an even-par 72.

“I’m just looking forward to playing out there again. I just want to have fun,” said Sharma, who also led after 54 holes last week in Mexico.

“It’s the second week in the row I’m in the leading group. I’m going to draw from my experiences last week. I know it’s going to be a battle out there tomorrow and I’ll be ready for it.

“I kept telling my caddie that this is our home course, you can’t overpower this course. So, I told myself, just hang in there. I will hit a few bad shots and I understand that it’s all part of the game. You just have to stay patient.”

Scot Stephen Gallacher produced a low-round 67 and is one back at 6 under, one clear of Argentinian Grillo, England’s Andrew Johnston (73) and Austrian Matthias Schwab (68) who sat T4 at 5-under par.

Spaniard Pablo Larrazábal (74) and American Sihwan Kim (72) were 4 under, a shot ahead of Portuguese Ricardo Gouveia (71), American Paul Peterson (73) and England’s Aaron Rai (69).


TOP 10

1 Matt Wallace -7
1 Shubhankar Sharma -7
3 Stephen Gallacher -6
4 Matthias Schwab -5
4 Andrew Johnston -5
4 Emiliano Grillo -5
7 Sihwan Kim -4
7 Pablo Larrazabal -4
9 Aaron Rai -3
9 Ricardo Gouveia -3
9 Paul Peterson -3


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“I kept telling my caddie that this is our home course, you can’t overpower this course. So, I told myself, just hang in there. I will hit a few bad shots and I understand that it’s all part of the game. You just have to stay patient.”
– Shubhankar Sharma


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Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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