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Shubhankar Sharma finishes creditable T-27, Lee Westwood wins title after four years

India's Shubhankar Sharma produced a fine round of four-under 68 to finish a creditable T-27th at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday.

Shubhankar Sharma who struggled the first two days with 74-75, shot 71-68 on the weekend to total even par 288 and finish in Top-30. (Source: Reuters)

India’s Shubhankar Sharma produced a fine round of four-under 68 to finish a creditable T-27th at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday.

Shubhankar, who struggled the first two days with 74-75, shot 71-68 on the weekend to total even par 288 and finish in Top-30.

The finish, especially with the last two rounds, should fire up Shubhankar before the DP World Tour Championships next week.

This finish was his second best since the first week of July, when he was T-27th in the Open de France. Since then his only result better than that was T-10 at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

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Shubhankar after being even par for the first nine holes on the back stretch of the course, was on a birdie spree on back nine when he had four birdies in five holes between second and sixth holes.

Meanwhile, Lee Westwood produced a stunning closing 64 to win his first Rolex Series title at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

The Englishman entered the final day at Gary Player Country Club three shots behind leader Sergio Garcia but an eagle on the second put him at the top of the leaderboard and set up an enthralling three-way battle between those two and local favourite Louis Oosthuizen.

The trio went blow-for-blow on one of the most entertaining afternoons of the season and it was former World Number One Westwood who birdied five of his last eight holes to get to 15-under and prevail over his Major Championship winning rivals.

Westwood’s triumph is his third win at Gary Player Country Club after the Sunshine Tour’s Dimension Data Pro-Am in 2000 and this event in 2010 and 2011 before it joined the European Tour International Schedule.

The 45 year old’s last victory came at the 2014 Maybank Malaysian Open and he was fighting back the tears after taking his tally to a remarkable 24 on the European Tour and 43 worldwide.

Spaniard Garcia signed for a 70 to finish at 12 under, one shot ahead of Oosthuizen who closed with a 69. While England’s Ross Fisher was then at eight under, a shot clear of countryman Matt Wallace and China’s Li Haotong.

Li needed a win to keep his hopes of winning the Race to Dubai alive but results in Sun City mean that it will be either Francesco Molinari or Tommy Fleetwood who will be crowned Europe’s Number One after next week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

Belgian Thomas Detry finished at six under, one clear of England’s Aaron Rai and two ahead of another Englishman in Chris Paisley and South African Darren Fichardt.

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Westwood said, “Pretty emotional. A little bit relieved. Still got it, I guess. Just nice to do it again under pressure and win against a couple of quality players at the end there, Sergio and Louis were my two nearest challengers. To hit the shots I hit down the stretch, it was just nice to prove it to yourself every now and again.”Shubhankar Sharma, Nedbank Golf Challenge, Lee Westwood

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