Bhullar, Sharma qualify for Paris Olympics


Gaganjeet Bhullar and Shubhankar Sharma to represent India in Paris

The International Golf Federation announced this week that European Tour winners Shubhankar Sharma from Chandigarh and Gaganjeet Bhullar from Amritsar have successfully qualified and will make their Olympic debut in the men’s golf competition for the Paris Olympics, August 1-4 at Le Golf National, the same course that hosted the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Sharma and Bhullar secured their Olympic spots by being ranked 48th and 54th, respectively, on the latest Olympic Golf Rankings (OGR) during the qualification period between June 2022 to June 2024. 

According to the qualification rules, the top 15 players from the OGR qualify for the Olympics, with a maximum of four athletes per country. Beyond that, up to two eligible players per country can qualify, provided there are not already two or more golfers from that country in the top 15. The field will be 60 players only and the competition is played over four days of strokeplay with no halfway cut. 

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Brief Player profiles –

Shubhankar Sharma

Top 10 finish at The (British) Open Championship – Tied 8th in 2023

Two-time winner on the European Tour – Joburg Open (Dec. 2017) & Maybank Championship (Feb. 2018)

European Tour Rookie of the Year – 2018 

Asian Tour Order of Merit winner – 2018

Arjuna Award – 2018

Gaganjeet Bhullar

11 Asian Tour wins – most by any Indian

European Tour win – Fiji International (Aug. 2018)

Arjuna Award – 2013

European Challenge Tour win – Gujarat Kensville Challenge (Jan. 2011)

Indian Men’s Golf at the Olympics – 

2016 – Rio Olympics: S.S.P. Chawrasia – T-50th & Anirban Lahiri – 57th

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Anirban Lahiri – T-42nd & Udayan Mane – 56th

International Golf Federation Paris Olympic Qualifiers List with Rankings

Photo – Asian Tour

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