The month of May saw the Indian duo of Shubhankar Sharma and Rahil Gangjee register their season-best finishes on the European Tour and Japan Golf Tour respectively.
Shubhankar Sharma (70-69-65-67) posted a total of 13-under-271 at the Made in HimmerLand event in Denmark to secure his season-best finish of tied eighth on the European Tour.
Shubhankar, who had claimed three top-30s earlier in the season, got his game going with a decent finish of tied 34th at the Betfred British Masters. The following week at Made in HimmerLand, the 24-year-old carried forward the momentum with four sub-par rounds that earned him the top-10 finish.
Shubhankar thus moved up 27 spots to 99th place (on May 30th) in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings. He also made big gains in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), rising 54 spots to 386th position (on May 31st).
With two events remaining on the European Tour – Porsche European Open and Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika – before the cut-off date (June 21) for the Tokyo Olympics qualification, Shubhankar is still in with a chance to qualify for the quadrennial mega-event.
Anirban Lahiri, currently ranked 354 in the world, also has a chance of qualifying for the Olympics as he has one event left to play on the PGA Tour before the cut-off date for qualifying – Palmetto Championship at Congaree.
Rahil Gangjee (69-66-72) totaled nine-under-207 for the week at the 54-hole Gateway To The Open Mizuno Open to record his season-best finish of tied 10th on the Japan Golf Tour.
The 42-year-old Gangjee had two impressive weeks on the trot in Japan as he first clinched tied 11th place at the Golf Partner Pro-Am Tournament and then followed it up with an even better tied 10th the next week at the Gateway To The Open Mizuno Open.
Rahil, as a result, moved up nine spots to 52nd position (on May 30th) in the Japan Golf Tour’s Order of Merit. He also surged in the OWGR, climbing 94 spots to 651st place (on May 31st).