Muscat – Navaid Ahmed won the 49th Muscat Open after a historical four-way playoff at Ras al Hamra Golf Club while his son Rayaan won the junior title.
The oldest amateur tournament in the Gulf featuring golfers from around the GCC had a thrilling finale this time.
After 36 holes of golf, four players were tied atop the leaderboard – RAHGC Club champion Ahmed was joined by six-time champion Azaan al Rumhy, national team player Badr al Amri and newcomer Ruwan Jayasinghe.
All four golfers played a sudden-death elimination playoff hole. After hitting his tee shot into the water, Azaan made a fantastic chip-in to save par on the first playoff hole. Badr was eliminated on the second playoff hole as he made a bogey, while the other three made their par. Badr finished fourth on the third playoff hole after Ruwan saved par with a long putt, while Azaan’s putt came up short while Navaid made his par to advance.
After Ruwan missed his par putt, Navaid tapped in his four-foot putt to win the Muscat Open.
Altaf Beg edged out Krish Pawani to become the Nett Winner.
Earlier, Stine Rees won the Muscat Ladies Open, while Rayaan Ahmed was the Junior Muscat Open champion.
Ras al Hamra Golf Club captain, Simon Walker said, “Congratulations to all participants and in particular the Muscat Open ladies and junior champions. It is a great golfing story that Rayaan won the Junior Open and was there for the presentation of the 49th Muscat Open to his dad, Navaid. We could not have had a more exciting finish to what was a fantastic celebration of golf in Oman. We are already planning and looking forward to the 50th Muscat Open.”
“Thank you for the support of our generous sponsors PDO, Bank Muscat, OHI, Hydro, CMS, Anantara Hotels and Resorts, Moshin Haider Darwish, Seven Seas Petroleum, Milly’s Golf Society, Al Tasnim and Oman Shapoorji.”