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Pakistan Open Golf tees off today
KARACHI: Tiger Woods may have failed to regain the coveted Masters title at Augusta this season but if the current formbook is any yardstick then the Pakistani version of Tiger Woods seems all set to defend his crown at the country's biggest golfing event.
Shabbir Iqbal, the reigning champion, is the hot favourite to retain the title at the Arkadians Pakistan Open Golf Championship 2013 the equivalent of the Masters on the national circuit which explodes into action at the wellmanicured course of the DHA Golf and Country Club on Thursday (today).
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But in spite of his credentials as the most consistent and inform golfer in the fray, retaining this prestigious crown won't be a cakewalk for the Islamabad player. He faces a tough field of challengers which includes the vastlyaccomplished Muhammad Munir, Matloob Ahmed, Shahid Javed and several other pros who would all be gunning for glory.
Most of the title contenders are from up country. They will have to quickly adapt to the breezy course of the DHA Golf Club that paints a scenic picture with lush green fairways shining in the backdrop of the Arabian Sea waters.
"It is going to be a very good tournament," says Brig (retd) Nayyar Afzal, the newlyelected secretary of the Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF). "All of our big guns are here and we expect a close fight for the title," he added.
The tournament features a strong list of professionals as well as senior pros who would contest for a Rs500,000 prize purse but the entry for amateurs is quite a limited one with just 30 of them taking part. One of the prime reasons for the small list is a dearth of quality players.
Afzal said that during his fouryear tenure as PGF secretary which began earlier this month, he would be focusing on steps aimed at broadening the base of the game in Pakistan. "PGF has been taking a keen interest in promoting golf among youngsters and I look forward to intensify those efforts in a bid to broaden the base of the game," he said.
Afzal was elected secretary at the PGF elections in Islamabad where Lt Gen ZaheerulIslam replaced General Ashfaq Parvaiz Kayani as federation's president.
Sources privy to the exercise held earlier this month said that the entire process came across as "more of a selection rather than an election".
However, Maj Gen Tariq Salim Malik, the PGF vice president, defended the elections stressing that the new PGF officials were elected unanimously.
"General ZaheerulIslam was elected as the president unanimously and he proposed a list of fellow officials which was approved by the House."
General Tariq was confident that the PGF officials will make all out efforts to provide a boost to Pakistan golf. "All of us are committed to the cause of Pakistan golf. It is a great sport and needs proper support in our country."
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