KARACHI: A permanent back problem has stopped Mohammad Ashfaq from rising to the top of Pakistan Golf’s table.
But at the Defense Authority Country and Golf Club on Saturday, Paraki’s abilities showed exactly why he remains one of the most exciting golfers on the local circuit when he finds his limits.
With an independent 65, Ashfaq has a three-shot lead in the opening round of the DHA Karachi Cup All-Pakistan Golf Championship as he hopes to clinch a major title after winning the CNS Open in 2017.
“I have started to overcome the anxiety behind me which has made me cute in many tournaments in the past,” Ashfaq said. Dawn’s, When asked about his inability to live up to his intelligence.
“I’m happy to drive and park my car. Overall, everything is fine for me and I hope I can move on.
Opening with birdies, Ashfaq actually entered the groove with birdies on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes. He then added more birdies on the 12th, 15th and 18th holes.
Mohammad Alam hit five birdies but a boogie on the last hole meant he finished at four-under 68 and benefited from two hits on Mohammad Saeed.
Saeed hit four birdies on the front nine but could not maintain a single run against nine golfers in the group of nine golfers, including big hitters Shabir Iqbal, Matloob Ahmed, Muhammad Munir, Ahmed Baig and Waheed Baloch.
Shabbir had won the Sindh Open last week but his job will be over as he wants to win the second tournament in two weeks after handling just one birdie in the boogie free round.
In the amateur tournament, Hamza Ghani took a one-shot lead after Yoshal Shah scored 76 runs. Hamza Shokoh Khan and Major Muhammad Irfan Khan are third at 79.
Omar Khalid, who made history by becoming the youngest winner of the National Amateur Championship earlier this month, is 85 years old.
Nabil scored 70 runs to take a four-shot lead over Abdul Wadud and Akash against the junior professionals.