Two-time European Tour winner Shubhankar Sharma has been nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sports honour, by the Indian Golf Association, the sport’s governing body.
The National Authority has also recommended Adian Mani, Rashid Khan and Diksha Daghar for the Arjuna Award.
“We sent the letter to the ministry two weeks ago, where we nominated Adyan Mani, Rashid Khan, Diksha Dagar for Arjuna and Shubhankar Sharma for Khalil Ratna,” an IGU official said. PTI On condition of anonymity.
The 24-year-old Sharma became the youngest Indian winner on the European Tour when he won the Joburg Open in December 2017. He followed that up with a win at the Maybank Championships in February 2018.
Sharma was the first Indian to win the 2018 European Tour’s Best Junior award. He was also the recipient of the 2018 Asian Order of Merit at the age of 22.
He also represented the country in five majors – the Masters, the US Open, the Open Championship (twice) and the PGA Championship.
Among the candidates for Arjuna membership, Mane cut the Tokyo Olympics after Emiliano Grillo withdrew from Argentina. However, his entry will be confirmed on July 6 by the International Golf Federation.
Young Diksha is the silver medal winner at Deaflympics 2017. She represented India at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and also won the Women’s European Tour in her rookie year in 2019 when she won the South African Open.
Diksha, who finished fourth in the Czech Women’s Open last week, was in contention for the Tokyo Olympics before the pandemic. It’s currently fifth on the Reserves list and would need a lot of flipping and combinations to make the cut.
A two-time Asian Tour winner, Rashid was the highest-ranked Indian golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) at 180 before COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill last year.
Mane overtook him in the race to Tokyo, where he emerged as the best Indian after winning the Delhi NCR Open Golf Championship in March of this year.
Aditi Ashok, who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, was awarded with Arjuna last year.