Young golfer Shubhankar Sharma is making big strides in the Indian professional golf circuit. The 21-year-old, who turned professional in 2013, is the second only to veteran SSP Chawrasia, in aggregate prize money earnings for 2017. With an Asian Tour title and four other top ten finishes, Sharma has capped the year with $662,657 (₹42,530,982) in prize money. He has earned $392,173 from the Asian PGA tour and $270,484 on the European tour.
1) SSP Chawrasia
Chawrasia, who pocketed $867,832 (₹ 55,713,423) during the year tops the list for is $440,747 and $427,085 prize purse aggregate from the Asian and European tours respectively. Insidesport.co brings to its readers the top five Indian professional golfers on the prize money table.
The 36-year-old Chawrasia heads the table, riding on his Hero Indian Open title triumph. The Kolkata pro has ended the year at the No. 5 position on the Asian Tour Order of Merit rankings.
2) Shubhankar Sharma
Shubhankar, at 21 the youngest among the leaders in Indian professional golf circuit, has closely followed Chawrasia on the Asian and the European tours with respective prize purses of $392,173 and $270,484. He was the winner of the Johannesburg Open, co-sanctioned with the European Tour. The Gurgaon golfer his ranked seventh on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
3) Shiv Kapoor
Title triumphs at Yeangder Heritage and Panasonic Open, backed by the joint second place finish in the Thailand Open, were the high points of veteran Shiv Kapoor’s journey on the Asian PGA Tour, where he has aggregated $307,021 as professional earnings for the year. Kapoor is placed in the No. 10 position on the Asian Tour order merit.
4) Gaganjeet Bhullar
The Macau Open winner Gaganjeet Bhullar has aggregated $253,903 in his earnings from the tour. A second position in the Thailand Open and seventh in the Taiwan Masters are his two top ten finishes for the year. His year ending position on the Asian Tour of Merit has been the 15th.
5) Ajeetesh Sandhu
The 21st-ranked golfer on the Asia Tour Order of Merit, Ajeetesh Sandhu has won the Yeangder TPC title and finished among the top ten at TAKE Solution Masters, Macao Open and Panasonic Open to finish the year with a professional prize purse of $210,633.
Veteran Arjun Atwal, Rashid Khan and Anirban Lahiri have been the other strong finishers for the year. Among the girls, Aditi Ashok has been in headlines for the Fatima Bint Ladies Open title triumph on the Ladies European tour.