Siddik ends long title drought

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jan 28,2018

 
 

Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman poses with the trophy after winning the inaugural City Bank American Express Dhaka Open at the Kurmitola Golf Course on Saturday. — Courtesy TheGolfHouse

Ace Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman ended his long title drought when he clinched the inaugural Tk 50 lakh City Bank American Express Dhaka Open by four-shot at the Kurmitola Golf Course on Saturday.
The two-time Asian tour winner took advantage of his home course and played a two-under-par 70 in the fourth round to win his second Asian Development Tour title and first since 2011.
Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski posted a five-under-par 67 to finish in second place while Shankar Das of India managed the third place with a disappointing final day performance of one-over par 73.
The 33-year old golfer, who won his second Asian Tour title at the 2013 Hero Indian Open, finished the campaign with a total score of 14-under-par 274- four- shot clear of Malcolm.
Since his second Asian Tour Title, Siddik has struggled with a serious back injury but believes this victory would provide an extra-spring in his step ahead of a busy 2018 Asian Tour Schedule.
‘I’m very excited with this win because it was a great week and my putting was really good,’ said Siddik
‘This win will definitely help me in 2018 and I look forward to a busy season on the Asian Tour.’
Siddik, who represented Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup in 2010 and at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he was the flag bearer of Bangladesh in the opening ceremony, never lost the lead after the second round.
He posted four birdies against two bogeys on the final day.
‘Honestly I was very comfortable on the back nine. I made two birdies on the first nine and that helped a lot. Overall it has been a great two weeks and I’m feeling healthy which is very important,’ said Siddik, who won $10,500 [Tk 8.71 lakh approximately].
‘My goal is to stay fit in 2018. If I can do that, I will continue to work hard on my game. I couldn’t practice much in the last few years because of the injury but my health is slowly improving so I hope I can play and practice without pain.’
Meanwhile, young golfer Akbar Hossain also shone among the locals as he finished fourth with a total score of seven-under-par 281 while Jamal Hossain Mollah and Shakhwat Hossain Sohel were placed seventh and eighth places respectively.

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