Niclas Weiland
Niclas Weiland in action in RAK. Image Credit: Mena Tour

Ras Al Khaimah: Sweden’s Niclas Weiland, in his first season as a professional, made the most of his invite from the Mena Tour to win the Ras Al Khaimah Open after making an eagle on the first play-off hole against close friend and roommate Gabriel Axell on Wednesday.

At Tower Links Golf Club, the 24-year-old Weiland was solid throughout the round playing in the leadergroup for a five-under par 67, which helped him match the 17-under par 199 clubhouse lead set by Axell after a storming final-round of eight-under par 64.

Two European Challenge Tour stars, Scotland’s Scott Henry (70) and Switzerland’s Marco Iten (69) were tied for the third place at 15-under par 201.

England’s 20-year-old Ben Jones was the Leading Amateur at eight-under par, while Saudi Arabia’s Othman Almulla continued his fine work to shoot the lowest round of his career — a seven-under par 65 — and finished as the highest placed Mena player at 207.

“It just feels amazing to be able to get the win so early in my professional career. Having studied in Florida [Barry University], I loved the weather here in the UAE the moment I landed and I just kept a very positive attitude throughout the three events I played in the Mena Tour,” said Weiland, who finished tied second in Abu Dhabi and then tied eighth in Al Ain.