Historical past was created on the MENA Tour on Wednesday when Dubai-born and raised 15-year-previous Josh Hill turned the youngest participant ever to win an Official World Golf Rating (OWGR) occasion along with his two-stroke triumph in the Al Ain Open by Area at Al Ain Equestrian Capturing and Golf Membership.
Hill, who’s the reigning Al Ain Mens Open champion for the previous two years and likewise received the Faldo Collection Center East Championship on the golf course, shot a surprising closing spherical eight-beneath par 62 to complete on 17-under par 193.
Englands Harry Ellis (67) needed to be glad being the bridesmaid for the second match in a row after ending tied second in the Abu Dhabi Open by Area. He completed on 15-under par and the comfort this time was the winners cheque of $13,500.
One other England beginner, Curtis Knipes (66) was tied third at 13-under par 197 alongside American Ben Schlottman (65). Knipes, who had certified for The Open earlier this yr at Royal Portrush, went on prime of the Newbie Order of Advantage following the end with Hill transferring to second place.
However the man of the second was the 15 years, six months and 27 days previous Hill, who broke the prevailing file of Ryo Ishikawa because the youngest winner of an official OWGR occasion. Japans Bashful Prince was 15 years and eight months when he received the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup in Could 2007.
Beginning the day three pictures behind in a single day chief Ellis, a 12-footer putt straight into the center of the cup on the primary gap kickstarted the day and Hill by no means sorted that.
A lip-out on the par-three third from 5 toes denied him a second birdie, however the Joe Marshall-coached and Trump Worldwide Dubai-hooked up beginner went on a tear after that, making 4 birdies in the subsequent 4 holes. He then picked up additional strokes on the ninth and 11th holes to be seven-beneath par at that stage and three forward of Ellis, who had made the flip at one-beneath par.
The ultimate birdie of the day got here on the 14th, although he had two extra possibilities from shut vary after that.
I actually dont know what to say proper now. I’m shocked. Should you had informed me through the summer time that I will likely be successful a MENA Tour title towards professionals and turn into the youngest ever winner of an OWGR occasion, I might have laughed on the notion. I assume exhausting work pays, stated Hill, who can be the youngest member of the England Beneath-18 squad.
I used to be struggling in the summer time after which one thing modified in the final MENA Tour occasion at Yas Hyperlinks. That top-10 end gave me loads of confidence and I knew it in my coronary heart that I might do effectively right here in Al Ain as a result of I’ve such historical past right here. I simply love this observe.
I’m truly just a little disenchanted with my end as a result of I missed so many alternatives coming in. I actually might have damaged 60 right now. I knew I wanted begin, and as soon as I bought it, I simply stored hitting one good shot after the opposite.
Ellis, who was in search of his first win on a acknowledged Tour occasion, was disenchanted however took it on the chin and doffed his cap to Hill.
I lastly made one mistake on this course (his first and solely bogey of the match) on the second gap, after which I performed stable golf. However all credit score to Josh. He performed an unbelievable spherical right now. It was doable in the situations we had right now and he did it. I cant complain about how I performed and there are many positives to take from this week, stated the 24-year-previous from Southampton.