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Rikuya Hoshino Secures Maiden DP World Title at Qatar Masters

Rikuya Hoshino Secures Maiden DP World Title at Qatar Masters
(Australian Associated Press/Alamy)

Rikuya Hoshino carded a four-under 68 in the final round to seal a first career DP World Tour triumph at the Qatar Masters.

The 27-year-old from Japan entered the final day’s play in a three-way tie for the lead. But he managed to muscle his way to victory at Doha Golf Club which was secured after he sunk a five-foot par putt on the 18th hole to finish on 14-under, one shot ahead of playing partner France’s Ugo Coussard.

Hoshino had been a regular victor on the Japan Golf Tour, where he has come on top on six occassions but has now sealed his first career DP World Tour win whilst also becoming the first Japanese player to win the event and only the fourth to win on the Tour, after Isao Aoki, Hideki Matsuyama, and Ryo Hisatsune.

“I’m honoured to win at this wonderful tournament,” he said. “I was second at the last two Australian tournaments so I’m so happy to finally win.”

“Of course I was nervous but I just tried to keep enjoying it,” he added.

Scotland’s Scott Jamieson hit a sensational seven-under 65 to storm up the leaderboard to third on 13 under whilst Northern Ireland’s Tom McKibbin finished a shot further back in fourth.

The next event on the DP World Tour schedule is the Kenya Open taking place between 22-25 February at Muthaiga Golf Club.