Rising star Shubhankar Sharma will make his major championship debut at Augusta after being given an invitation to the Masters.
Shubhankar Sharma's remarkable breakthrough season will take in a trip to Augusta National after he accepted a special invitation to play in the Masters next month
The 21-year-old Indian golfer will now make his major championship debut in the Masters, although he could yet qualify automatically if he continues he recent run of form.
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Sharma has won twice on the European Tour this season and finished ninth in the WGC-Mexico Championship on Sunday after leading by two shots heading into the final round.
Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, said in a statement that they had decided to invite Sharma to become the fourth Indian player to compete in the Masters.
"Golf is a global game and throughout our history we have extended invitations to deserving international players not otherwise qualified," said Ridley.
"As his results have proven, Shubhankar Sharma is a remarkable young player and we look forward to welcoming him to Augusta National in April."
Sharma is currently ranked 66th in the world and could still qualify for the Masters is he is able to move into the top 50 by March 26.
He will contest the Hero Indian Open on the European Tour this week.