Abdulla Jalal triumphed in the Royal Golf Club’s unique version of the Open Championship with a 1 under par net 71. Each competitor drew the name of one of the real British Open players from a hat prior to teeing off at the weekend tournament and their net score was added to the gross score of their Open “partner’s” Thursday and Friday rounds at St Andrew’s to give an aggregate score overall.
Jalal’s net 71 was added to his “partner” Tiger Woods’ scores of 67 in round one and 73 in round two to give a total of 211.
Pat Eaton, who paired with Ricky Barns, also finished on 211 but was relegated to second place as his net score of 72 was just one more than Jalal’s. Jake Core, also shooting a net 72 finished in third place after being paired with Robert Karlsson who had scores of 69 and 71.
Photo: Abdulla Jalal, winner of Bahrain’s version of The Open
“It’s an exciting tournament just like the real thing”, said John Wilson, the Royal Golf Club’s Golf Events Key Accounts Manager. “By being paired with a professional who you have no control over is quite strange and I think it makes a lot of the competitors try and play better as they are unsure of how well the professional they have been paired with will play.”
1st Abdulla Jalal (net 71) paired with Tiger Woods (67 & 73) = total 211, 2nd Pat Eaton (net 72) paired with Ricky Barnes (68 & 17) = total 211, 3rd Jake Core (net 72) paired with Robert Karlsson (69 &71) = total 212