Bangladeshi golfer Zamal Hossain Mollah had to remain content with a fourth place finish in the AB Bank Bangladesh Open as Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski came from behind to lift the title in Dhaka on Saturday.
It was Zamal’s best ever performance on the Asian Tour circuit as the experienced golfer carded four birdies against two bogeys to finish the fourth round with two-under-par 69 at the Kurmitola Golf Course.
Zamal, who finished the third round in joint seventh place with one-over-par 72, shared the fourth position with John Catlin of USA with a total of nine-under-par 275.
With his fourth place finish Zamal earned $13,650 [Tk 11, 46, 600 approximately] in the $3,00,000 tournament.
Kokocinski, who started the final round with eight-under-par 205, hit seven birdies against one bogey to finish the campaign with 14-under-par 270, three shots less than joint second position holders England’s Jack Harrison and New Zealand’s Ben Campbell.
Zamal wasted some great chances to hit more birdies in the first and 17th holes.
‘Today my putting was not good so that I missed at least two more birdies,’ said Zamal.
‘However, I’m happy with my performance. After a bad day in the third round, it became difficult for me to recover. I tried my best and my tees were very good today [Saturday] but I struggled a lot in putting.’
Zamal, who finished second in the 6th BTI Open two weeks ago at the same course, believed that such consistent performance would help him do better in future.
‘I kept my rhythm in two successive tournaments that gave some important confidence to play better. As I am not a regular face in the Asian Tour circuit, I will go for the qualification school next year to play more Asian Tour tournaments round the year.’
Kokocinski, a regular on the Asian Development Tour, where he leads the current Order of Merit, said that the title meant a lot for him.
With his maiden triumph on an Asian Tour event the Swedish golfer earned $54,000 [Tk 45, 36,000 approximately].
Thailand-based 26-year old Kokocinski has become the third consecutive first-time winner at the Bangladesh Open, following Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong and Jazz Janewattananond in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
‘This win means a lot to me,’ Kokocinski said.
‘I don’t have a status on the Asian Tour before this week so I am really pleased with how I played here to win.
‘I have been playing well the last couple of months. I knew my game was good so I just had stick to my game plan and hit some good shots coming down the stretch.’
Two time Asian Tour winner Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman failed to perform well despite having the home advantage.
Siddik, who finished in joint 26th place with a modest total of one-under-par 104, couldn’t hid his frustration with his own performance.
‘I was feeling good both mentally and physically but I failed to perform well,’ said Siddik.
Among the other local golfers, Badal Hossain finished in joint 14th place with four-under-par 280 while Shakhwat Hossain Sohel shared the 22nd position with three more golfers with two-under-par 282.