x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Yousuf likely to end up as top amateur from Emirates

The 20-year-old player carded a 77 at the Olivo Golf Club in Buenos Aires yesterday, taking him to 10 over par for the four-round strokeplay event.

BUENOS AIRES // Khaled Yousuf is looking certain to finish as the UAE's top performer at the World Amateur Team Championship when the final round concludes today.

The 20-year-old player - who in 2008 was the first UAE national to play in the Dubai Desert Classic since the inception of the event in 1989 - carded a 77 at the Olivo Golf Club in Buenos Aires yesterday, taking him to 10 over par for the four-round strokeplay event.

Ahmed and Abdullah al Musharrekh, his teammates, are much further down the field, after signing for a 85 and 89, respectively, yesterday.

The Emirati brothers are now 25 and 27 over for the tournament. The best two scores of the three players representing each country count towards the team score, leaving the UAE in 62nd place, with Serbia, in the race for the Eisenhower Trophy when a thunderstorm and lightning forced suspension of play in the second round.The tournament, which is organised by the International Golf Federation, was subsequently reduced to 54 holes because of what the organisers called "dangerous weather".

Unlike many leading teams, the UAE, however, managed to complete their rounds before it started raining heavily. Yousuf shot a six-over 77 at the par-71 but Ahmed had a rougher time and shot an 85 as the UAE team finished the day at 20-over-par 162. Abdullah struggled to cope with conditions before signing off with an 89.

The UAE team made a quiet start to the tournament on day one, finishing tied for 53rd after the first round.

* Agency