India's Shubhankar Sharma leads suspended Joburg Open

Ruben Hill
December 11, 2017

The weather intervened in a fascinating final-round battle in the Joburg Open on Sunday where India's Shubhankar Sharma still held a four-stroke lead, but with 11 holes still to be played, he could not be assured of his maiden professional title.

Taking a five-shot lead in to the final round, Sharma briefly increased his cushion to six with a birdie at the par-five second and continued his strong start with a 12-foot gain at the sixth.

"I had to cancel my flight tickets today but that was an easy thing to do considering the position I'm in".

South Africa's Erik van Rooyen was second.

"I'm going to treat it like another day", Sharma said.

Van Rooyen had played his approach to nine onto the green when the siren sounded to take the players off the course as a series of storms conspired to keep the players off the course for the rest of the afternoon.

Celebrating his 26th birthday, Blomstrand got the ideal present when he carded a 62 that even included two bogeys but also eight birdies and two eagles. "I'm going to do the same things which I've been doing the last four days". I saw the clouds coming on the seventh hole and I was praying we could finish but we can't help it.

"I don't want to change my strategy because I've played solid golf".

Van Rooyen was four shots clear of England's James Morrison and Finn Tapio Pulkkanen but the chasing pack had plenty to play for, with the top three players at this event not already exempt earning a place at next season's Open Championship.

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