QATAR’S Saleh Al Kaabi staged a tremendous fightback to clinch the Second Saudi Golf Federation Open in Riyadh by three strokes.
Coming into the final day, the 21-year-old was six shots adrift of defending champion Othman Al Mulla of Saudi Arabia, but Saleh hit a bogey-free five-under-67 in the final round to finish the three-day 54-hole event on a two-over total of 218.
Othman finished second (221) after shooting a disappointing 76 on the final day while Bahraini Saqer Al Noaimi’s final-round 73 earned him the third place (225).
“It was a good tournament. Othman was leading by six shots. I know he’s a good player and was trying my best to compete with him. I’m happy to have played well on the final day,” said Saleh, who has competed in the European Tour-sanctioned Qatar Masters three times.
Saleh had finished as the runner-up in the recent King Hamad Trophy in Bahrain.