Sports: Golf: Rashid D. Habib Memorial National Professional Golf Tourney begins today

Karachi: Bank AL Habib’s 7th Rashid D. Habib Memorial National Professional Golf Tournament 2018 tees off today (Thursday) here at Karachi Golf Club.

The total prize and appearance money has been increased to Rs. 6 million.

This year, the main tournament will be played over 72 holes from January 11 to 14 with cut over final 2 days as per Pakistan Golf Federation’s (PGF) rules.

The Senior National Professionals and Junior Professionals will also be playing in their respective categories concurrently. In addition, a two days match for local Professionals & Caddies of KGC is also underway.

This tournament is one of the most prominent golf events in PGF’s calendar with one of the highest prize money and is sponsored by Bank AL Habib. Pakistan’s Number 1 Golfer Mohammad Shabbir Iqbal will defend his title against a field of 100 leading golfers from across the Country.

Last year, Shabbir scored 205 over 54 holes, 11 under par and bagged top prize money after a sensational play-off with Pakistan’s Number 2 Mohammad Munir.

As before, appearance money amounting to Rs. 500,000 will be distributed among top five golfers of Pakistan. A brand new Toyota car will also be awarded to the first player who achieves a hole-in-one.

in 2014, KGC’s Abrar Ahmad hit a hole-in-one from a distance of 147 yards at the yellow course at KGC and won a brand new 1300cc car.

The final round will be played on Sunday, January 14, followed by prize distribution ceremony.