Rikuya Hoshino, first title on DP World Tour

The 27-year-old Japanese player from Ikabari narrowly edged out Frenchman Ugo Coussaud, who finished second with 275 (-13)

by Andrea Gussoni
Rikuya Hoshino, first title on DP World Tour
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Rikuya Hoshino claimed his first title on the DP World Tour at the Qatar Masters in Doha, finishing with a total score of 274 (69 68 69 68, -14) strokes. The 27-year-old Japanese player from Ikabari narrowly edged out Frenchman Ugo Coussaud, who finished second with 275 (-13), followed by Scott Jamieson from Scotland in third place with 276 (-12).

However, Danish golfer Rasmus Hojgaard faltered in the final stretch, finishing only 6th with 279 (-9), behind Northern Irishman Tom McKibbin in fourth place with 276 (-12), and Spaniard Jorge Campillo in fifth place with 278 (-10).

Rikuya Hoshino, results

It was a disappointing final round for the Italian players. Filippo Celli, the best among the Italians for the second consecutive week, could only manage a 42nd position with 286 (71 70 69 76, -2).

In the last round, the Roman golfer shot a 76 (+4), recording two birdies, two bogeys, and two double bogeys. Behind him was Guido Migliozzi from Vicenza, finishing 49th with 287 (-1). Francesco Laporta from Puglia ended up in 61st place with 289 (+1).

Hoshino's victory marked a significant moment as he became the first Japanese player to win the Qatar Masters and the fourth Japanese player to triumph on the DP World Tour after Isao Aoki, Hideki Matsuyama, and Ryo Hisatsune.

Now, the DP World Tour will enjoy a rest week before returning to the spotlight from February 22nd to 25th in Nairobi for the Kenya Open. Qatar, officially known as the State of Qatar, is situated in West Asia. It encompasses the Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East.

The country shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia to the south, while the remainder of its territory is surrounded by the Persian Gulf. The Gulf of Bahrain, an inlet of the Persian Gulf, separates Qatar from nearby Bahrain.

The capital city is Doha, which is home to over 80% of the country's population, and the majority of the land area consists of flat, low-lying desert terrain. Qatar has been governed as a hereditary monarchy by the House of Thani since Mohammed bin Thani signed an agreement, though not a formal treaty, with Britain in 1868, which acknowledged its distinct status.

After the end of Ottoman rule, Qatar became a British protectorate in 1916 and achieved independence in 1971. The current ruler is Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who possesses nearly all executive, legislative, and judicial powers as per the Constitution of Qatar.

He appoints the prime minister and cabinet, while the partially-elected Consultative Assembly has the authority to block legislation and can partially dismiss ministers.

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