Follet-Smith finishes fourth at PIF Saudi Open

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Benjamin Follet-Smith

Zimbabwean golfer Benjamin Follet-Smith closed with a scintillating six-under-par 66 to finish in a tie for fourth position at the PIF Saudi Open at Riyadh Golf Club on the Asian Development Tour on Saturday.

This PIF Saudi Open was the first time the Asian Development Tour had competed in Saudi Arabia, this also being the first of their two-week swing in the country.

Follet-Smith finished on 14-under-par for the 54-hole tournament, five shots behind Indonesian Naraajie E. Ramadhanputra, who clinched an impressive three-shot victory and secure a spot in the Saudi International 2023.

Ramadhanputra, who won the OB Golf Invitational in Jakarta in June, finished three shots ahead of  Gilbert of Australia while England’s Joshua Grenville-Wood was a further shot back on 15-under-par.

Indonesia’s Naraajie E. Ramadhanputra is presented with the PIF Saudi Open trophy by Majed Al Sorour, deputy chairman and CEO of Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation.
Image Credit: Asian Development Tour

Dodge Kemmer of the USA, winner of the season-opening Gurugram Challenge in March, posted the equal lowest score of the day with a bogey free seven-under-par 65, claiming a share of fourth place with Follett-Smith.

It was Follet-Smith’s first top-10 finish of the season on the Asian Development Tour, bettering his previous season high when he tied for 16th position at the Gurugram Challenge in India back in March.

After recently overcoming a tough run of difficult form, Follet-Smith will be eager to build on his performance this week.

The Asian Development Tour is in action again from the 14th – 16th December in Saudi Arabia for the Aramco Invitational at Rolling Hills Golf Course.

Followed by the final event of the season at the Taifong Open in Chinese Taipei.

PIF Saudi Open Final Leaderboard

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