Sohel seizes first-round lead

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jan 25,2018

 
 

Bangladeshi golfer Shakhawat Hossain Sohel plays a shot during the first round of the inaugural City Bank American Express Dhaka Open at the Kurmitola Golf Course on Wednesday. — Asian Tour photo

Bangladesh’s Shakhawat Hossain Sohel finished on top as local golfers dominated the first round of the inaugural Tk 50 lakh City Bank American Express Dhaka Open at the Kurmitola Golf Course on Wednesday.
Shakhawat fired seven birdies against two bogeys to lead the leaderboard with five-under-par 67 while country’s ace golfer Siddikur Rahman and compatriot Mohammad Sayum finished in second and third positions respectively.
A total of 113 local and foreign golfers are taking part in the four-day long event, tri-sanctioned by Asian Development Tour, Professional Golf Tour India and Bangladesh Professional Golf Association.
Two-time Asian Tour winner Siddik hit five birdies against one bogey to end the opening round with four-under-par 68.
Sayum was trailing leader Sohel by two shots while Akbar Hossain of Bangladesh, Ankur Chadha of India and Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden shared fourth place following matching 70s.
Sohel, who got a country spot of Asian Tour this year to play in all Asian Tour tournaments alongside Siddik, refused to get carried away after his performance in the first round.
‘To keep the pressure out, I just concentrated on my own game and this is only the first day of the competition. So it’s not the right time to be satisfied,’ said Sohel.
Sohel, who never won an international title after entering the professional era in 2011, believed that a good performance in this tournament would also boost his confidence for the Asian Tour events this year.
‘I didn’t bother whoever the opponents were. I just took this course as my main opponent because if I can continue my first round performance in the next three days than anything can happen.’
Siddik, who is looking to clinch his second Asian Development Tour title after he first won it in 2011 at the same venue, was satisfied with his opening round performance.
The ace golfer finished the day with a birdie in the 18th hole.
‘I hit the ball very well today. I was able to hit it close but I missed a lot of putts out there. If my putting improves over the next few days, I should be able to put up a good result this week,’ said Siddik.
Siddik added that he was happy to see the local golfers performing well in the championship.
‘We have some good players who have the ability to do better and I think they will offer a great challenge like what Sohel did today,’ he said.
‘I’m really happy because my friend Sohel is leading after the first day and I wish he will continue his form but I’m also here to win the title, I will also give my best.’ 

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