SALEH Ali Musbah Ali Al Kaabi won this year’s Bahrain Open golf championship, which concluded yesterday at Awali Golf Club.
Al Kaabi won his title after carding a gross score of seven-under-par 133 over two days.
He had an almost faultless second round as he maintained his overnight lead. He fired in five birdies and had only one dropped shot all day, posting a four-under-par 66 over the final 18 holes.
The 25-year-old ended play a comfortable six shots clear of the rest of the field.
With the result, Al Kaabi captured his second Bahrain Open title, having won it in 2017. That year, he captured the crown with a four-under-par score of 136.
Al Kaabi has now followed in the footsteps of his father, Ali Musbah, who also won this prestigious tournament at the Awali sand course on two occasions, back to back in 1982 and 1983 – continuing a strong family tradition.
Finishing as runner-up was Daniel Owen, who carded an even par score of 70 yesterday to finish with a two-day total of 139.
In third was Luke Joy who carded a one-under 69 on Day Two for a 140 gross total. Also on 140 scores were Nasser Yacoob and Sultan Abdulla Al Hakam, who had identical final rounds of 71 to claim fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The rest of the top 10 and completing the list of main prize winners were David Park (141), Hamad Mubarak Al Afnan (141), Othman Al Mulla (141), Jamie Elson (143) and Mohammed Diab Al Noaimi (144).
A few other prizes were handed out at the end of play.
Last year’s champion Juan Manuel Fuentes Perez won for the Best Gross in Day One, while Sam Hobday took home a prize for Best Gross of Day Two.
Rashid F Al Qutami clinched the Best Net overall prize, while Phil Sadler won the Best Net of Day One and Peter Donkin the Best Net for Day Two. Hamad Al Qutami Fares clinched a prize for Best Awali AGC.
A total of 93 golfers took part in this year’s competition, which was the 56th edition of the tournament.