Shubhankar Sharma admits he “had a great year” after picking up the European Tour’s Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award. The 22-year-old Indian golfer began 2018 in fine fashion with a top-10 finish at the Hong Kong Open and two weeks later, making just his 10th start, claimed his maiden European Tour title at the Joburg Open.
His second victory was not long in coming either as three starts later he carded a stunning closing 62 to lift the trophy at the Maybank Championship.
That victory in Malaysia meant Sharma joined Rookie of the Year predecessors Jon Rahm and Jeunghun Wang and former world No 1 Luke Donald as the only players in the last 20 years to win twice in their first 20 events.
And, after finishing in a tie for 41st in the season finale and 28th in the final Race to Dubai Rankings, Sharma could not hide his delight at his breakout campaign. “You can only do it once in your career and I’m very happy with the season,” he said. “I’m very happy to be on the Tour here.
“I’m sure a lot of other great players before have won this award, I’m really happy that I was lucky enough to win it this year. I played well and won twice and had a few top tens, so very happy. “To win twice and just to learn so much on this Tour with the best players in the world, I would say I had a great year.”