Shubhankar Sharma, ranked No. 66 in the Official World Golf Rankings, has accepted a sponsor exemption and is among the latest international commitments to the Houston Open, March 26 – April 1 at the Golf Club of Houston. Sharma joins a growing international field of 37 players from 19 countries (excluding USA) announced tournament director, Steve Timms.
The 21-year old from India made headlines with his first PGA TOUR start in the 2018 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship with a two-shot lead going into the final round, paired with Phil Mickelson in the final group, and finishing T-9. Sharma is a two-time victor on the European Tour, recently winning the 2018 Joburg Open and 2018 Maybank Championship, which moved him into the world-top 100. Earlier this week, Sharma accepted an invitation to the 2018 Masters, which will be the first major championship appearance of his career. Mickelson, who is coming off his win at the WGC-Mexico Championship, is now No. 18 in the Official World Golf Rankings and has also committed to this year’s Houston Open.
Sharma is one of four international players committed to the Houston Open going to the Masters the following week. He joins world-ranked No. 21 Rafa Cabrera Bello (Spain), No. 48 Jhonattan Vegas (Venezuela) and No. 49 Yuta Ikeda (Japan). In addition to defending champion Russell Henley, 2014 Houston Open champion Matt Jones of Australia, Englishman Lee Westwood and major championship winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland are in the field.
The Houston Open has historically attracted a stellar international field since its inception in 1946. Bobby Locke of South Africa was the first international Houston Open champion in 1947. In 2018, Houston Open will once again showcase the world’s best competing on the PGA TOUR.
Houston Open will be played the week of March 26-April 1 at the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course. Players have until March 23 (Friday before tournament week) to commit. They may also withdraw on or before that date with no penalty. Tickets and future player information will be available at houstonopen.org.