The fourth edition of Asian Tour-sanctioned Bangladesh Open golf tournament will get underway at the Kurmitola Golf Course today featuring 144 golfers from different countries, including 47 local golfers.
The fate of the $300,000 tournament was uncertain after Bashundhara Group, the sponsor of the first three editions, backed away this year before the organisers managed to convince AB Bank to come forward.
Like the previous three editions, all eyes will be on the ace Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman, who finished second in the last edition.
Siddik birdied in the 18th hole to close with a five-under-par 66 and a 13-under-par 271 total, finishing four shots shy of winner Jazz for his best finish on the home course.
Even though the two-time Asian Tour winner made the cut only once in four starts on the region’s premier tour this season, Siddik will be looking to recover from his dip in the form utilising the home advantage, where he won his second Asian Development Tour title in January.
The event will also feature previous two editions’ winners Rattanon Wannasrichan and Poom Saksansin of Thailand, two-time Order of Merit champion Jeev Milkha Singh of India, as well as Singaporean veteran Mardan Mamat, who won the maiden Bangladesh Open in 2015.
Siddik revealed that he took one week rest and withdrew himself from The 37th GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship in South Korea only to concentrate on the Bangladesh Open which he never won.
‘I am really excited for this week. This is the fourth consecutive edition of the Bangladesh Open and I am very happy to see the tournament back on the Asian Tour schedule,’ Siddik said.
‘I prepared myself nicely for this event. I took a good rest last week. I skipped the Korean event last week and just did some practice to prepare myself for this week.’
Siddik added if he could play his natural game then winning the title would not be out of his reach.
‘If I can play my natural game, winning the title is not impossible for me,’ he said.
‘I am looking for what happens in the next four days.’
Zamal Hossain Mollah, another top local golfer, who finished second in the BTI Open two weeks ago, also hoped to transform his last tournament’s performance in Bangladesh Open.
‘My target is to transform the performance that I put in the BTI Open,’ Zamal said.
‘My target is to perform consistently in all four days which, I think is very much possible for me.’