The 48th UMA Pakistan Open Golf Championship 2022 came to a predictable conclusion at Karachi Golf Club Golf Course, Karsaz.
6th time Pakistan Champion and for the 2nd year consecutive was the unparalleled Muhammad Shabbir from Islamabad.
After four rounds (72 holes) of technical tackling of the golf course challenges by the spirited aspirants, the hopefuls for the title were many. However, in the ultimate reckoning it was the top ranked golf professional of the country, Muhammad Shabbir of Islamabad, who exhibited absolute command and control over shot making from the tees, meticulous short game and error free handling of the putter on the greens.
At the start of the final round on Sunday, Shabbir enjoyed a six stroke edge over his closest rival Ahmed Baig of PAF Skyview, who made an effort to unsettle his formidable senior. However, the miracle evaded him as Shabbir never let go the mastery grip over the flow of the game. For Shabbir it was a day when stars and fortune were all in his favour as was his excellence in application of golfing skills and he walked out victorious with ease and calm. Final scores for Shabbir were 67, 70, 63 and 70 and a championship aggregate of 270, fourteen under par. As for Ahmed Baig his scores for four rounds were 69, 69, 68 and 68 and a championship aggregate of 274, ten under par which certainly represents a robust effort.
The third position holder Matloob Ahmed of Lahore Garrison finished at a score of 279, five under par followed by Waheed Baloch of Karachi who had to be content with the fourth position, his score being 280, four under par. Two more core competent ones finished at the same score. They are Anser Mehmood of Margalla Greens and Dilshad Ali of Karachi Golf Club.
Other aspirants who ended up well are Latif Rafiq of Lahore Gymkhana and Muhammed Nazir of Rawalpindi. Both these champions finished at a score of 282,two under par.
The best amateur of the Championship was Omar Khalid of Karachi Golf Club, his scores for the four rounds being 71, 74, 73 and 74, the aggregate score being 292. Second gross prize in amateur category was won by Salman Jehangir of Lahore Gymkhana, his scores being 72, 76, 75, 75, total adding up to 298.