The Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup continued to spread its joy across the world in early April as 4 events in the first week gave 4 more lucky winners their passage into the Grand Finals taking the tally to 15 already.
April 1st kicked off another crucial month in the Series’ calendar at Islamabad Golf Club where Muhammed Nawaz Bhatti claimed 2 prizes. With a gross score of 72, he firstly claimed the Best Gross Score but more importantly, his score of 44 points was enough to secure his place in the Grand Finals.
The next morning was the final leg of 3 Pakistan events in two weeks as Lahore, preceded by Karachi on March 19th and Islamabad on April 1st, offered 88 golfers another chance to join Mr Bhatti and the other finalists. Lahore Gymkhana Club was the scene as the wonderful weather conditions matched the play of Hassan Samiuddin whose 40 points was enough to make him the youngest 2017 Grand Finalist to date at just 25 years old.
After a busy weekend in Pakistan, it was time to head west for the series’ first event of 2017 in the United States of America just 2 days later on April 4th. Played at the previous home of the WGC Honda Classic on the PGA Tour, the Miami qualifying event at Trump National Doral was a great success with 52 golfers vying to come out on top. As events unfolded, an impressive 45 points were recorded by Erin McElhaney who became the second woman to confirm her place at the Grand Final, joining Manilla winner Nordelyn Reichenbach.
To close out an extremely busy week, a trip to Kuwait and a return to Sahara Golf Club an appropriate finale. As always, the course was in great condition and set up for the 87 players to test their game in perfect conditions. Jong Rae Cho came out victorious with 44 points winning on a countback against runner up Pil Joo Kwon in a battle resembling that between Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia enjoyed by so many watching the US Masters that same weekend.
With a successful first week in the bag, attention now turns to the Far East where events in Seoul, Tokyo and Jakarta set the scene for May, when the series is set to take off with 13 events across 4 continents.
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