Oman Open - R4

Comeback king Kitayama triumphs in Oman

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February 28 – March 03
Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman
$1,750,000


Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Kurt Kitayama produced a remarkable final day comeback at Al Mouj Golf to win his second European Tour title of the season at the Oman Open.

“It feels great to win. My comeback earlier this morning helped set up this final round. I was back in contention and with it being continuous rounds it helped me cruise into the next one.

“The birdie on 17 was a good speed, and I saw it die on the hole. I had a tough read on it and thought if I caught part of the lip it would fall in – and it did.

“Being in the final group helped me. You want to know where you are, especially coming down the stretch. When you take the lead you want to know where everyone is on the course and you see what holes you have coming up and you set yourself up for that.”

The American, who won his first European Tour title at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita earlier this season, played a marathon 33 holes on the final day after sandstorms and high winds delayed play in Muscat.

When darkness suspended play on Saturday evening, Kitayama was seven strokes off the pace after a quadruple bogey, and consecutive bogeys on the first three holes of his third round.

Returning on Sunday morning, Kitayama played the next 15 holes seven under par to sign for a round of 71 and a five under par total after the third round.

Starting his final round, he quickly moved up the leaderboard with birdies on the second and third holes as he chased five other players who shared or outright held first place at various points during the afternoon. Jorge Campillo set the clubhouse target of six under par after finishing an hour and a half before the final group.

Bogeys on the seventh and 11 th holes cancelled out Kitayama’s early gains but two consecutive birdies on the 16 th and 17 th holes saw him take first place outright as Maximilian Kieffer dropped a shot on the 17 th hole. Kitayama parred the final hole for a seven under par total, finishing one stroke ahead of Campillo, Kieffer, Clemént Sordet and Fabrizio Zanotti.


“This one feels really good. When I won the first one I was playing really well and it felt like it was coming. This week, coming in off three missed cuts, not having good weekends in Abu Dhabi and Dubai this felt like a real grind, especially after the start of the third round – so it feels great after going through that.”

Joachim B. Hansen, Peter Hanson and Thomas Pieters shared sixth place on five under par.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-7
66
74
71
70
281
T2
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-6
69
78
66
69
282
T2
Clement Sordet
FRA
-6
71
71
70
70
282
T2
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-6
71
69
68
74
282
T2
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-6
69
70
71
72
282
T6
Peter Hanson
SWE
-5
71
73
66
73
283
T6
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-5
68
75
69
71
283
T6
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-5
70
69
71
73
283
T9
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
73
74
68
69
284
T9
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-4
67
76
66
75
284
T9
Chris Paisley
ENG
-4
71
72
69
72
284
T12
Jeff Winther
SWE
-2
73
73
69
71
286
T12
David Horsey
ENG
-2
68
76
70
72
286
T12
Joost Luiten
NED
-2
69
77
68
72
286
T12
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
71
76
70
69
286
T12
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-2
69
73
71
73
286
T12
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-2
72
70
72
72
286
T18
Sean Crocker
USA
-1
72
72
70
73
287
T18
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
71
72
75
69
287
T18
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
70
72
71
74
287
T21
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
Par
72
72
68
76
288
T21
Hugo Leon
CHI
Par
71
71
72
74
288
T23
David Borda
ESP
1
72
74
74
69
289
T23
David Drysdale
SCO
1
70
76
70
73
289
T23
Louis De Jager
RSA
1
71
77
70
71
289
T23
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
1
70
72
70
77
289
T27
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
2
70
75
75
70
290
T27
Max Schmitt
GER
2
71
73
72
74
290
T27
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
72
72
73
73
290
T27
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
2
71
69
72
78
290
T31
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
71
75
76
69
291
T31
Justin Walters
RSA
3
73
73
72
73
291
T31
Richard McEvoy
ENG
3
72
74
72
73
291
T31
Adrien Saddier
SCO
3
68
76
72
75
291
T31
Scott Hend
AUS
3
73
74
71
73
291
T31
Nick Cullen
AUS
3
72
76
70
73
291
T31
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
3
70
78
71
72
291
T31
Brandon Stone
RSA
3
70
70
80
71
291
T31
Thomas Aiken
RSA
3
75
73
69
74
291
T40
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
4
72
74
72
74
292
T40
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
4
73
73
74
72
292
T40
Thomas Detry
BEL
4
70
73
76
73
292
T40
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
4
72
76
71
73
292
T40
Darren Fichardt
RSA
4
75
73
70
74
292
T45
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
5
70
75
71
77
293
T45
Bradley Dredge
WAL
5
74
72
74
73
293
T45
Nino Bertasio
ITA
5
72
73
72
76
293
T45
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
5
71
74
70
78
293
T45
Romain Langasque
FRA
5
72
75
71
75
293
T45
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
5
68
79
72
74
293
T45
Zander Lombard
RSA
5
72
75
71
75
293
T45
Espen Kofstad
NOR
5
72
70
71
80
293
T45
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
5
77
71
72
73
293
T45
Matteo Manassero
ITA
5
72
76
73
72
293
T45
Adria Arnaus
ESP
5
70
78
70
75
293
T56
Oliver Wilson
ENG
6
72
74
73
75
294
T56
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
6
73
71
74
76
294
T58
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
7
71
77
76
71
295
T58
John Catlin
USA
7
76
72
73
74
295
T58
Paul Dunne
IRL
7
74
74
74
73
295
T61
Victor Perez
FRA
8
73
75
73
75
296
T61
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
8
75
73
74
74
296
T63
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
10
67
79
75
77
298
T63
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
10
73
73
73
79
298
T63
Matthew Southgate
ENG
10
75
70
78
75
298
T63
Scott Vincent
ZWE
10
68
80
71
79
298
T67
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
11
72
74
75
78
299
T67
Ashun Wu
CHI
11
76
71
79
73
299
T67
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
11
70
78
75
76
299
70
Andy Sullivan
ENG
13
72
75
75
79
301
71
James Morrison
ENG
14
72
76
75
79
302
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
5
70
79
149
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
5
72
77
149
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
5
72
77
149
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
5
74
75
149
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
5
72
77
149
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
5
75
74
149
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
5
78
71
149
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
5
71
78
149
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
5
70
79
149
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
5
70
79
149
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
5
72
77
149
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
6
72
78
150
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
6
75
75
150
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
6
75
75
150
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
6
72
78
150
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
6
73
77
150
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
6
75
75
150
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
6
72
78
150
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
7
68
83
151
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
7
73
78
151
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
7
74
77
151
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
7
75
76
151
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
7
72
79
151
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
8
72
80
152
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
8
74
78
152
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
8
75
77
152
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
8
77
75
152
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
8
74
78
152
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
8
72
80
152
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
8
73
79
152
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
8
74
78
152
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
9
75
78
153
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
9
73
80
153
CUT
David Howell
ENG
9
75
78
153
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
9
72
81
153
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
9
72
81
153
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
9
72
81
153
CUT
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
9
78
75
153
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
9
75
78
153
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
9
74
79
153
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
9
73
80
153
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
9
74
79
153
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
9
72
81
153
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
9
74
79
153
CUT
David Law
SCO
10
75
79
154
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
10
79
75
154
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
10
77
77
154
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
10
71
83
154
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
10
77
77
154
CUT
Cheng Jin
CHN
11
76
79
155
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
11
73
82
155
CUT
Tom Murray
ENG
11
72
83
155
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
12
74
82
156
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
13
74
83
157
CUT
Kieran Pratt
AUS
13
76
81
157
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
13
73
84
157
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
14
75
83
158
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
14
79
79
158
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
14
78
80
158
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
14
77
81
158
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
17
75
86
161
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
17
75
86
161
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
17
79
82
161
CUT
Max Burrow
ENG
17
77
84
161
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
18
76
86
162
CUT
Azaan Al Rumhy
OMA
20
82
82
164
CUT
Othman Al Mulla
KSA
24
83
85
168
DSQ
Stuart Manley
WAL
Par
73
73
RET
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
68
68
RET
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
Par
75
75
RET
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
76
76
RET
Haydn Porteous
RSA
Par
76
76
RET
Marcel Siem
GER
Par
76
76