Superb start for Shubhankar, lying fifth in Dutch Open; Gandas 44th

Updated: May 26 2023 1:24PM

Antwerp, May 25 (PTI) Shubhankar Sharma shrugged off his recent disappointments with a stunning 5-under 67 in the first round of the KLM Dutch Open, placing him inside the top-5 at the DP World Tour event.

Sharma's round of 67 was his best in relation to par since his opening round of the year, when he shot a similar 67 at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship where he finished tied-seventh.

Since then, Sharma has often produced a bunch of birdies but has also given away a lot of shots in bogeys. In the first round of the Dutch Open, where he was T-14 a year ago, Sharma had five birdies, an eagle hole out from the bunker and two bogeys.