Kurt Kitayama wins his second European Tour title of the season at the Oman Open.
The American was a single shot off the lead after 36 holes of the weather delayed event but started his third round with a quadruple bogey eight and dropped further shots on the second and third before darkness ended proceedings on day three.
That left him seven shots off the lead heading into a marathon Sunday of 33 holes but he made six birdies and an eagle to sign for a 71 and keep his hopes alive heading into round four.
Two birdies in a row on holes 16 and 17 saw Kurt Kitayama come out on top of a packed leaderboard in Oman.
The American won his second European Tour title in just his 11th start after victory in Mauritius in December. Kitayama shot a closing 70 (-2) to beat Jorge Campillo, Clement Sordet, Fabrizio Zanotti and Max Keifer by one at Al Mouj Golf.
Indians at the Event
The only Indians who made the cut at the event were Gaganjeet Bhullar and Shubhankar Sharma. Bhullar finished T-2 on Saturday and lead for a while on the way to the end of his third round. He had to play over 34 holes today to complete the event and tiredness surely got better of him resulting in a T-27 finish with a total score of 2-over 290. He remained bogey-free for over 50 holes, his final round saw him posting two double-bogeys three bogeys and just one birdie for 6-over 78 today.
“I just felt tired towards the end of the round as we had to play 32 holes today.
Shubhankar Sharma, India’s best ranked International golfer at 109, stood T-67 with a total score of 11-over 299. Before heading to WGC-Mexico where he finished T-60, Sharma played at the PGTI’s Players Championship at Classic Golf and Country Club, where he was T-2 with seasoned golfer Mukesh Kumar.
How weather was not with golfers in Oman can be understood with the fact that only 22 golfers out of 71 managed to play level-par or better in four days.
A total of 141 golfers teed off at the Oman Open of which 71 made the halfway mark, let’s see how much each golfer earned for their efforts:
|T-6||Joachim B. Hansen||-5||46,125|
|T-23||Louis De Jager||+1||16,221|
|T-27||Mike Lorenzo Vera||+2||14,376|
|T-61||Jaco Van Zyl||+8||4,074|