October 18, 1996: Friedlander lifts Dubai Open

Swazilander finished $56,525 richer with a comfortable four-stroke victory over first round leaders Craig Kamps of the US and Myanmar’s Kyi Hla Han

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Swiss Golf Player, Paul Friedlander
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There is no room for errors on the demanding greens at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Swaziland’s Paul Freidlander kept that fact in mind to lift the Dubai Creek Open while overnight leader Choi Kyung-ju’s game plummeted to abysmal depths with the South Korean failing to finish on the podium. A good crowd watched in amazement the reversal of fortunes as the Swazilander finished $56,525 (Dh207,616) richer with a comfortable four-stroke victory over first round leaders Craig Kamps of the US and Myanmar’s Kyi Hla Han in the second of the major on the 1996 Asian PGA Tour. For Friedlander everything fell in place while nothing went well for Choi right from the start of the fourth and final round. Friedlander had two bogies after par on first two holes. “I was driving into the wind, it was windy from the outset, so two successive bogies didn’t worry me as I knew that wind will affect others too,” he said. The bogies each on par-four third and fourth holes, followed three successive birdies by Friedlander.


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