Siddikur satisfied with late flourish
Country’s ace golfer Siddikur Rahman has said he was satisfied with the late flurry, which fired him into the tied-29 by carding an equal-par 71 after the opening round in the third Bashundhara Bangladesh Open 2017 at Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC) on Wednesday.
The two-time Asian Tour winner believes he has still some chances to climb to the top spot with three rounds still to go.
“Overall I am happy because I was able to bounce back in the last five holes and put on three birdies. I have another three rounds. I hope I will prove my worth in the remaining three rounds,” Siddikur Rahman said after concluding his first round game.
“Although the putting green seamed very fast, but I am used to play in such challenging tracks. I think the newcomers will face some trouble in the green. It is totally a different condition for our local players,” he added.
Home favourite Siddikur who had a miserable tee off earlier with a double bogey in fourth hole, finally found his range in the back-nine-hole. He had no birdies in the front-nine-hole but his misfortune included a double bogey. But finally he survived the scare in the back-nine-hole where he claimed three birdies including two back-to-back birdies in 17th and 18th hole to finish with 29th place in his 18-hole game.
“We should complete the tournament maintaining standard level. Normally green speed is counting 9-level; today it was more than 9 speeds. In our condition it carries 6 to 7 levels. I have played good shots. I scored 3-birdie. I finished my today’s (yesterday) first round in style,” Siddikur said.
Bangladesh masterpiece Siddikur became the first Bangladeshi champion on the Asian Tour when he won the 2010 Brunei Open and subsequently added a victory at the 2013 Hero Indian Open. The 30-year-old finished in the top 10 on the Order of Merit in 2010, 2011 and 2013, and was 36th last season after his year was curtailed by a back injury.
He also featured prominently in Team Asia’s fantastic fight back to draw with Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia, contributing two points from out of three including a convincing 4&3 singles victory over Ryder Cup player Stephen Gallacher.
Siddikur will contend against a strong field which includes reigning 2015 Asian Development Tour Order of Merit champion Casey O’Toole of the United States and Yikeun Chang of Korea, who both enjoyed top-10 finishes on the Asian Tour in Myanmar last week.