Local hero Siddikur Rahman had to remain content with runner-up place despite being the best performer in the fourth and final round of the $3,00,000 Bashundhara Bangladesh Open at the Kurmitola Golf Course on Saturday.
Siddik, the two-time Asian Tour winner, finished with 13-under-par 271 as young Thai talent Jazz Janewattananond cruised to his maiden Asian Tour title with 17-under-par 267 to win by four shots.
Siddik, who started the day with the overnight score of eight-under-par 205, became the best performer in the final round with five-under-par 66 and earned $33,000 prize money for second place finish, the highest by a Bangladeshi in three editions of the competition.
Jazz, who took the lead from the second round, showed a steely nerve to finish the last round with four-under-par 67 which was enough for the 20-year-old Thai golfer to win the title and pocket $54000.
Both Jazz and Siddik managed their first earnings in the ongoing year and captured two decent positions in the order of merit of Asian Tour.
Jazz is in eighth position while Siddik who didn’t earn a penny from his first tournament this year in Singapore was in 12th position in the list.
Siddik, who finished 38th and 35th in the previous two editions, expressed his joy after a great comeback effort as he hit six birdies against one bogey in the final round.
‘First of all I am very happy with my overall performance even though the first day was not good,’ Siddik told reporters after the tournament.
‘To finish second at home is always a great achievement.’
Siddik finished off firing a birdie in the 18th hole and immediately thanked the local crowd for giving him great support throughout the competition.
‘I am really thankful to get such a huge crowd following me on my home course on the last day. I am happy with how I played too’, said the 32-year old golfer.
Siddik was ahead of eventual champions in the last three rounds but had to trail him all the way owing to his triple bogey in the opening round.
Despite his awful start to the competition the Bangladesh golfer had no complaints.
‘I have no complaint about my first day’s performance because it often happens often. That shot was the worst shot but I never feel sorry,’ said Siddik, adding that he did not give up his hope until he completed his first 10-11 holes in the final round.
‘Honestly speaking, I had some hopes in the first 10 to 11 holes because I played really well and hit two birdies in the second and fourth holes and missed two easy chances in the fifth, seventh and ninth hole.
‘But my putting was not so good today and Jazz also played really well in the last part of the game. I have no regard for finishing second because Jazz deserved the title.’
Jazz was happy to make a precise finish that completed his turnaround in career.
Jazz was delighted to get his career back on track after failing to keep his Asian Tour card for the first time in his career last season where he finished 63rd on the Order of Merit.
He returned to the Qualifying School last month but did not manage to secure his card.
‘I have been waiting for this win for so long. I started playing on the Asian Tour when I was an amateur at 14. It’s just a huge relief that I managed to get the job done,’ said Jazz.
Dulal Hossain became the second best local golfer with his 12th place finish while Jamal Hossain Mollah became 26th.
267-Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 64-67-69-67
271-Siddikur Rahman (BAN) 71-66-68-66
273-Dodge Kemmer (USA) 73 -64 -68-68
274-Panuphol Pittayarat (THA) 66-68-73-67, Rattanon Wannasrichan (THA) 70-64-72-68, Chiragh Kumar (IND) 68-70-68-68, Shubhankar Sharma (IND) 64 -68-72-70
275-Sihwan Kim (USA) 70 -69 -68-68
276 Khalin Joshi (IND) 69-70-71-66
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