KARACHI: Spurred by a strong lead in the first two rounds, Pakistan’s number one golfer Shabbir Iqbal clinched the Sindh Open Golf Championship title at the Arabian Sea Country Club in Karachi on Sunday.
The seasoned professional from Islamabad, who recently won the Chief of Naval Staff Championship, maintained high form throughout the Rs2 million event to overcome strong contenders such as Muhammad Ashfaque, Matloob Ahmed and Imdad Hussain.
Shabbir carded a two-under-par 70 on the final day to accumulate a gross card of nine-under-par, to claim the Sindh Open crown. He sank birdies on holes 2, 11, 17, and 18 in the final round of the championship.
Featuring against seasoned golfers, he played flawlessly throughout the 54-holes competition. His three-under-par 69 put him on top of the leader board in the first round and then came up with a score of four-under-par 68 in the second to maintain a strong lead.
Ashfaque finished second with an accumulated score of five-under-par 211, while Ahmed clinched third position with two-under-par 214.
Meanwhile, Ghazanfar Mehmood won the amateur competition with a score of four-over-par 220, overcoming second-placed Muhammad Zubair and Waseem Rana by 11 strokes, who posted a three-day-aggregate of 231.
Ghulam Nabi and Asghar Ali shared the lead in the senior professionals winner’s title with a final score of one-over-par 145. They were followed by Ghani Khan, Muhammad Ilyas, Saleem Inayat, Manzoor Ahmed, Ghaffar Ahmed and Mehmood Kiyani, all with the card of four-over-par 148.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2014.
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