Thailand’s Tirawat Kaewsiribandit stolen the show as the 28-years-old recorded the final-round with three-under-par 69 to clinch the CNS Asian Open golf championship at the picturesque Karachi Golf Club on Sunday.
The Thai professional finished with an aggregate score of 276, 12 under par to win his maiden Asian tour golf championship in the country where the international golf has revived after a gap of almost 11 years.
Tirawat while talking to the ARY Sports said that it was really tough to come through this extreme heat to clinch the title.
“The scorching heat created a bit problem otherwise all things went in my favour,” he said.
He said that 18th hole was a bit tough as the dusty area requires full attention to hit the ball across.
“I faced difficulties only on the last hole [18th] where some surface level disturbs you a bit,” said Tirawat who praised the maintenance of the golf club despite no rain in Karachi since last one year.
His compatriots Jakraphan Premisirigorn and Namchok Tantipokakul shared the second position respectively to show the dominance of Thailand in the four-day golf event.
Jakraphan who grabbed the second slot with an aggregate score of 277, 11 under-par conceded a bogey and double-bogey in the last round on 5th and 13th hole respectively.
Jakraphan told ARY Sports that the pressure was on when he carded a double-bogey on 13th hole in last round.
“I was a little short during my stay on the 13th hole where I recorded a double-bogey which led me down,” he said.
Namchok who remained on top of the table on the third day of the event with a score of 67, 5 under-par recorded 1 over-par in the last round of day-four to finish at an aggregate score of 277, 11 under par.
Pakistan’s Muhammad Munir gained the fourth position with an aggregate score of 278, 10 under par.
The local golfer went under pressure after recording bogeys on the 9th and 15th hole.
The wealthy prize money of US$ 300,000 got distributed among the 74 golfers who played a cut.