Zamal joins Higa in bti title race

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Apr 27,2018 | Updated: 00:14, Apr 27,2018

 
 

Bangladesh’s Zamal Hossain Mollah plays a shot on the third day of the Sixth bti Open 2018 at the Kurmitola Golf course on Thursday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh’s Zamal Hossain Mollah remained in the title race of Sixth bti Open 2018, trailing leader Kazuki Higa of Japan by just three strokes at the end of third round at Kurmitola Golf Course on Thursday.
Zamal maintained his form on the third day firing six birdies against two bogeys to finish the day in second position with a total score of 12-under-par 204 while Higa maintained his lead with 15-under-par 201.
Like the previous two rounds, Zamal played four-under-par 68 in the third round while Higa, who started the campaign with a massive 10-under-par 62, finished the third round with three-under-par 69.
However, Zamal was not satisfied with his third day’s performance as he missed an easy birdie in the 14th hole while conceded an unnecessary bogey in the 16th hole.
One the other hand, Higa was a bit lucky to avoid three bogeys in
one hole as his first
attempt hit the tree before reaching into a comfortable position.
‘Only performance is not enough to win a title, you need the luck also,’ Zamal told New Age after the end of third round’s play.
‘Today [Thursday] I missed an easy birdie chance in the 14th hole and conceded a bogey in the 16th hole, which was one of my favourite hole in this course.
‘My Japanese counterpart was lucky because he avoided at least three bogeys today [Thursday].’
Zamal, who had never won an Asian Development Tour title in
his career, believed anything can happen on the final day.
‘I’m enjoying the week and my performance was consistence in the last three days. My target is to maintain my performance on the final day and if the luck favours me then I have a chance of winning my first ADT title.’
Argentine Miguel Carballo and Swedish Malcolm Kokocinski also remained in the title race as they shared the third position with equal 10-under-par 206.
Bangladesh’s Shakhwat Hossain Sohel made a brilliant turnaround on the third day when he finished the day with day’s best six-under-par 66.
Sohel, who started the campaign with four-under-par 68, but lost his rhythm in the second round
playing three-over-par 75, hit an eagle in the third hole and also celebrated five more birdies against a single bogey in the 15th hole.
Sohel and his compatriot Sajib Ali were sharing the fifth position
along with three other golfers with seven-under-par 209.
Meanwhile, two-time Asian Tour winner Siddikur Rahman spent another ordinary day to share the 11th position with John Catlin of USA.
Siddik hit four birdies against three bogey to finish the day with one-under-par 71. 

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