Shubhankar to play alongside Fleetwood, Reed in Hero Challenge in Dubai

Sharma, who won his first two European Tour titles this season, has established himself as Indian golf’s latest star.

Shubhankar Sharma had also played at the Hero Challenge in Edinburgh before the Scottish Open.   -  AFP

Shubhankar Sharma will become the first Indian to feature in a Hero Challenge twice when he tees off at the final leg of the tournament at Atlantis, The Palm, here on Tuesday.

Sharma, Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn and reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood complete a world-class field for the final Hero Challenge of the 2018 European Tour season.

Sharma had also played at the Hero Challenge in Edinburgh before the Scottish Open.

The trio joins Masters Tournament champion Patrick Reed, two-time Race to Dubai winner and 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson, and former World Number One Lee Westwood, who won the inaugural Race to Dubai in 2009, for the latest edition of the innovative shoot-out contest.

Sharma, who won his first two European Tour titles this season, has established himself as Indian golf’s latest star.

“I’m making my debut at the DP World Tour Championship this year and the Hero Challenge will be a great way to start an exciting week. My first experience of the Hero Challenge was at Edinburgh Castle and it will be very cool to tee it up in another world-famous venue,” he said.