Dulal makes brilliant cut in BBO

Bangladeshi golfer Dulal Hossain made a brilliant cut securing the joint 7th slot in the US$ 3,00,000 US “Basundhara Bangladesh Open 2015”, the first-ever Asian Tour event in Bangladesh, at Kurmitola Golf Ground on Friday.

Dulal, who made a surprise in the second round by securing the 5th slot, scored five-under-par (73+63+72) playing out five birdies, one bogy and two double bogies in the third round to share the seventh slot with two other players,reports UNB.

Earlier, Dulal was settled for joint 20th slot in the first round after shooting 73, made a brilliant comeback on the 2nd day firing an eight-under-par 63 with one eagle, seven birdies and one bogey.

In the first session Dulal produced better playing two birdies putt on 7th and 8th hole following one bogey and one dismal double bogey putt on the 4th and 3rd holes.

In the second session Dulal played three birdies putt on the 13th, 14th and 17th holes while one bogey and one double bogy putt on the 11th and 15th holes respectively.

Meanwhile, Mardan Mamat of Singapore birdied the last hole to pull three shots clear after shooting a three-under-par 68 in the third round to retain the top slot.

The 47-year-old, who won three out of his four Asian Tour titles after leading for three rounds, totaled 12-under-par 201 to continue his dominant form at the challenging Kurmitola Golf Club.

Young talents Khalin Joshi of India and Lee Soomin of Korea charged into contention on matching 65’s to trail Mardan by three and four shots respectively as they chase for a first Asian Tour win.

Playing in his first ever Asian Tour event, Janne Kaske of Finland had to battle hard before returning with a 72 to lie in fourth position on a 206 total. Dulal Hossain was the best placed Bangladeshi in tied seventh place following a 72.

Apart from Dulal, five Bangladesh players successfully made cut in the event.

Shakhawat Sohel of Bangladesh successfully made his cut placing joint 25th with five other players scored even-par (74+71+68) while Dil Mohammad secured joint 48th with three-over-par (72+73+71), Md Nur Jamal secured joint 54th playing four over-par (73+71+73), Md Sajib ALI took joint 64th position playing six-over-par (72+71+76) and Bangladesh premier golfer Siddikur Rahman narrowly make cut playing six-over-par (72+72+75) also placed joint 64th.

Scores after round 3 matches being played at the par 71, 6579 Yards Kurmitola Golf Course

201 – Mardan MAMAT (SIN) 66-67-68.

204 – Khalin JOSHI (IND) 71-68-65.

205 – Soomin LEE (KOR) 70-70-65.

206 – Janne KASKE (FIN) 68-67-71.

207 – Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 69-66-72, Carlos PIGEM (ESP) 67-67-73.

208 – Om Prakash CHOUHAN (IND) 69-73-66, Hyungjoon LEE (KOR) 72-69-67   – Dulal HOSSAIN (BAN) 73-63-72.

209 – LEE Sung (KOR) 72-70-67, Amardip MALIK (IND) 67-74-68, Casey O’TOOLE (USA) 66-74-69, Berry HENSON (USA) 71-67-71.

210 – Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 74-67-69.

211 – Josh YOUNGER (AUS) 73-70-68, Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 74-70-67.

212 – Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 70-74-68, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 70-72-70, Sujjan SINGH (IND) 68-74-70, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 73-68-71, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 73-72-67, Rizal AMIN (MAS) 72-69-71, Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 72-69-71, Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) 67-73-72.

In all, 156 leading golfers from 24 countries of the world including a record 31 players from hosts Bangladesh are taking part in the four-round 72-hole tournament, sponsored by local leading business house “Basundhara Group.