SALEH Al Kaabi can immensely be proud of his runner-up finish as it was the best performance by a Qatari player in the last 29 years of the tournament.
Qatar’s Abdulla Al Boainain had won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 1986. Since then, not a single golfer from the country had even finished in the top five.
Al Kaabi fired a sizzling 67 in the final round to go with his 71 and 75 in the opening rounds to finish the tournament at three-under 213.
With the best two Qatari finishers earning a berth to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, Al Kaabi made the cut for the European Tour event along with Abdulrahman Shahrani who finished 24th overall after a 14-over aggregate of 230.
“By God’s grace, I played very well. I finished five-under on the last day. I picked crucial shots to finish as the runner-up. I’m really very excited with my game in the third round,” said Al Kaabi.
The 22-year-old said had it not been for his three-over-par 75 in the second round, he probably could have won the tournament.
“I had a bad second round. So I started six shots behind Pierre (Verlaar). That was always going to be difficult to overcome. Otherwise, anything could’ve been possible,” Al Kaabi said. “The winner played a consistent game and was a deserving champion. However, I’m pleased with my effort and a second-place finish isn’t that bad.”
Al Kaabi, who had recently won the Saudi Golf Federation Open in Riyadh, is brimming with confidence as the Qatar Masters looms.
“This performance will certainly inspire me to do well at the Qatar Masters,” said Al Kaabi, as he collected the runner-up trophy from Qatar Golf Association President Hassan Al Naimi.