SIXTH BTI OPEN

Higa pips Zamal to lift maiden title

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Apr 28,2018 | Updated: 23:31, Apr 27,2018

 
 

Japanese golfer Kazuki Higa kisses the trophy after winning the Sixth bti Open title at the Kurmitola Golf Course on Friday. — Sourav Losker

Japanese golfer Kazuki Higa lifted his maiden professional title when he beat Bangladesh’s Zamal Hossain Mollah by three strokes in the final round of the Tk 50 lakh Sixth bti Open at the Kurmitola Golf course on Friday.
Higa played two-under-par 70 in the last round to finish his campaign with a total of 17-under-par 271, which proved to be enough for the 23-year old Japanese to celebrate his maiden Asian Development Tour title in his first appearance.
Zamal, who began the final round with three-shot behind of Higa, offered some great challenge in the front nine-hole but he lost his rhythm in the back-nine leaving the Japanese to secure the title.
In the back nine holes, Zamal hit a birdie in the 13th hole but he lost his nerve in the 14th hole and conceded an unexpected bogey.
Higa, on the other hand, showed some conservative approach from the beginning and he all but secured the title when he hit a brilliant birdie in the 17th hole.
Zamal made Higa’s job easy in the last hole when he conceded another bogey giving Higa a clear three-stroke lead and finished his campaign in second position with 12-under-par 276, also his best
performance in his ADT career.
Higa received Tk 8, 87,000 as prize money while runners-up Zamal bagged Tk 5,83,000 as prize money.
Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski shared third place with Argentina’s Miguel Carballo with a total of 12-under-par 276.
Josh Salah of USA finished fifth while two-time Asian Tour winner Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh shared the sixth position with his compatriot Sajib Ali with nine-under-par 279.
Another local golfer Mohammad Nijam finished in eighth position with eight-under-par 280.
Higa, who celebrated his 23rd birthday just a day before the start of the tournament on April 23, was excited to win his maiden professional title.
‘This is a special week for me as it started with my birthday celebrations on Monday and ended the week with my first ADT win,’ Higa told reporters after the match.
‘It is more memorable for me because it came in my very first ADT event.’
Zamal admitted that his performance was not up to the mark compared to the first three rounds.
‘My performance was not good today [Friday] compared to first three days,’ Zamal said.
‘However, I’m really happy with my performance, especially weeks before the Bangladesh Open [Asian Tour tournament which is scheduled to be held in Dhaka from May 7-10]’ 

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