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Golfer Omar Khalid emerges as top Pakistani in world rankings

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KARACHI: Fast rising young golfer Omar Khalid continues to make new records. 17-year-old, who became the youngest National Amateur Champion of Pakistan last year, has emerged as the country’s highest-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) leapfrogging to a career-best No 296 internationally.

Omar, who at 16 became the youngest ever winner of the National Amateur Golf Championship, is now the youngest Pakistan No1.

He has claimed another honour by becoming the first Pakistani to join the top-ten in the world among players, who are 17-years-old or younger in the WAGR. Among all Asian players, he is ranked 32.

One of this season’s high points for Omar came at the Faldo Series Pakistan Championship at the wind-swept Airmen Golf Club in Karachi where he won by a record margin of 27 strokes, earning high praise from the likes of six-time Major champion Sir Nick Faldo. “Congratulations to Omar. To win so comprehensively is impressive,” the legendary Faldo said in his message.

Omar is now targeting a place among the top-100 in the world but stresses that the only way he can do it is by playing WAGR events abroad.

“It was great to play a series of WAGR events in Pakistan but the season is over now and for me and other Pakistani players to progress further (in the rankings) we need to take part in world-ranking tournaments abroad,” Omar said.

Spearheaded by Omar, Pakistani players have been making rapid progress in WAGR in recent times.

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