Muscat – Jeff Campbell of Ghala Golf Club clinched the 42nd Muscat Open Golf Championship for the first time at the Ras al Hamra Golf Club (RAHGC) during the weekend.
Over 80 of the best golfers in Oman, as well as some invited players from overseas, competed in Oman’s longest running golf event.
After two days of action, Campbell defeated former winner Ed Edwards from Doha Golf Club in a sudden-death playoff on the first extra hole, after they had finished level on 154 strokes.
The 2014 champion and five-time winner, Azaan al Rumhy, finished third, despite a late comeback that saw him close the gap to four strokes with Campbell and Edwards.
Campbell said, “I’m extremely happy to win the Muscat Open for the first time. I have been close on a couple of occasions before, but this time, luck was on my side. Seeing my ball roll into the hole for a birdie on the first extra hole felt fantastic. I’m really proud to finish on top among a field that comprised defending champion Azaan and former winner Edwards.”
In the nett category, Hussain Dad from RAHGC won with a score of 147. Nasaruddin Mohamad claimed the second spot with a score of 150, two shots ahead of former RAHGC committee member Per Sjostrand.
The Plate trophy for the second day was won by Tore Solberg with a nett score of 157.
Hamood al Harthy won the junior best gross award with a total score of 175, while his younger brother Rashad al Harthy won the junior best nett title with a score of 156.
Raoul Restucci, managing director of PDO, and Gary Battersby, vice-president of the Muscat Open Committee, gave away the awards.
Other results: Best gross, day one: Sachin Bawa (78); best gross, day two: Rashad al Harthy (83), best nett, day one: Ahmed al Balushi (72); best nett, day two: Alan McInnes (75).