Ace Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman not only made a huge jump in the world ranking but also bagged a handsome amount of prize money for his amazing show in Porsche Open of the European Tour in Germany.
Siddik finished third in the prestigious two-million Euro prize money tournament in Hamburg after a brilliant 11-under-par 277 finish that took him 78 spots ahead to 282nd from 360 in latest official ranking.
Siddik also earned the prize money of 112,600 Euros, which is more than 1.07 crore in Bangladeshi taka. It also doubled his earning this year after he could bag only $93,040 in eight tournaments he played in Asian Tour since January.
Siddik had a brilliant bogey-free round with four birdies in the last day of the tournament on Sunday to finish just two shots back of eventual winner Jordan Smith, who defeated Alexander Levy on the second play-off hole for his first victory at the Green Eagle Golf Courses.
The 32-year old two-time Asian Tour winner, who had never before finished in the top 10 of a European Tour event not co-sanctioned by an Asian tour, was ecstatic with his achievement, his greatest success till date.
‘It was a really great day. I could never have expected this day today, but I was very fortunate,’ he told europeantour.com.
‘My hitting was good, especially my putting was really, really good all four days.
‘I’m really happy, especially with today’s round.’
He almost made a mess of the par-five 18th hole after an errant tee shot and a second that found the hazard, but he pulled himself together to grab a miraculous par and stay in the tie for third.
‘I knew I couldn’t get there in two, so had to take three. So I told myself, ‘no problem, let’s go for three’ but unfortunately the second shot was a little left and in the hazard,’ he said.
‘Then I told myself again, ‘there’s still a long way to go, one good shot, one good putt, no problem’. My fourth shot was really good. It was very crowded and I was really inspired by the clapping.
‘The last par putt was memorable, I was thrilled to make that and it was very wonderful.’
Champion Smith of England earned 333,330 Euros and runners-up Lavy, the Frenchman, who had won the title last year, got 222,220 Euros after losing the thrilling play-off.
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