Shabbir Iqbal won the 41st Pakistan Open Golf Championship at the DHA Golf and Country Club Golf Course here on Sunday by three shots from his nearest challenger Matloob Ahmed. Shabbir had a steady final round of 72 resulting in a three-stroke winning aggregate of 282, six under par and he was very happy with his effort.
“To win constantly, not only must luck be present, but shot making has to reach a pitch of perfection,” he said.
Mohammad Munir was unable to recover from his third round 77 to mount a final day challenge, finishing nine shots adrift of champion Shabbir Iqbal’s wire to wire win.
Shabbir Iqbal employed the ideal weather and excellent golf course conditions to improve his position on the leader board and march towards victory on Saturday in the third round. Shabbir had a competent and effective round of 71 for a tournament total of -6 and a lead of 4 shots over Matloob Ahmad. Mohammed Munir had a terrible looking round of 77 pushing him down into fourth position.
Shabbir Iqbal looks to have the 41st Pakistan Open Golf Championship at the DHA Country Club Golf Course pretty much sewn up, barring a total meltdown in the final round tomorrow.
I shall be out on my links today, the first round for me since Christmas, due to the inclement weather we have had here in New Zealand over the last three days, just hope the swing is not too rusty.
Shabbir had no problem in retaining his leaderboard top position with a second round score of 70 and a total of -5 for the championship at the DHA Country Club Golf Course. he now has a two stroke lead over Mohammed Munir who shot a one under 71 in the second round. Fairly satisfied with his effort for the day Shabbir commented, “I am happy with my feel of the game and hope to compile a spectacular under par round on Saturday, the third day.”
Munir stated that things could have been a lot better form if his putting had been a little sharper. “The one under par 71 could have been 69 if the putts on 16th and 18th had not stopped at the lip of the hole.”
The AKD Securities tournament continues tomorrow and will be an intriguing contest on the exquisite par 72, DHA Country Club Golf Course.
The Pakistan Open Golf Championship teed off on Thursday with Muhammad Shabbir shooting a -3 69 to lead the first round by one shot. The Islamabad based golfer, representing the Pakistan Navy, played the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Country and Golf Club starting on the 10th tee. He actually had six birdies on his card and rued the missed opportunity to lead by more.
“I could have done better. But my hitting at times was not up to the mark. I could have played six under. Playing conditions and fairways and greens are in a perfect condition. My objective on day two is to produce a far better performance than on day one,”
Just one shot behind is veteran Muhammad Munir and he has plenty of experience to tilt the contest his way over the 72-hole event.