x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Al Musharrekh's good show 'at the right time' raises self-belief

The top amateur at Sheikh Maktoum Dubai Open is now hoping to shoot three good rounds at Al Ain to make Classic dream come true.

DUBAI // Ahmed Al Musharrekh yesterday took a giant step forward to fulfilling his dream of playing in the Dubai Desert Classic.

The UAE national team member, 21, finished the top amateur in the Sheikh Maktoum Dubai Open after a steady performance that saw him finish one-over for the tournament after rounds of 72, 71 and 74.

The top amateur at the end of all four rounds of the Mena Tour will qualify for next February's European Tour event, which attracts one of the strongest fields anywhere in the world of golf.

Al Musharrekh is in eighth position, and does have a bit of ground to make up on the leader Ahmed Marjan of Morocco in Al Ain at next week's Tour Championship, the final event.

"I have dreamed my whole life of playing in the Classic, and I think I can get there," Al Musharrekh said. "I played in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship a few years ago, but the Classic has always been my favourite.

"I'm from Dubai, it was the first big tournament we had here in the UAE, and I really believe this is going to happen at exactly the right time for me.

"It would mean more to me than anything and hopefully I can go to Al Ain and shoot three good rounds and that might be good enough."

Khalid Yousuf, the other UAE amateur in the field, added a 77 to rounds of 74 and 71, which made for a frustrating tournament.

"I haven't lost any confidence because I hit plenty of good shots and I wouldn't get so many birdies if I didn't believe in myself," he said.