Bangladesh’s golfers made a disappointing start as the fourth edition of Bangladesh Open golf began amid rain and thundershower at the Kurmitola Golf Course on Wednesday.
The Asian Tour event, which got new sponsor in AB Bank this season, was never won by a Bangladeshi and it seemed the trend would continue this time unless anyone made a dramatic comeback.
Only half of the 144 golfers could complete day’s play as rain and bad light interrupted the play twice on the opening day.
The play was suspended for four hours from 12:15pm due to rain and lightening until 4:15pm. Play had to be called off again at 6:30pm due to bad light.
All 72 players, who could not complete their first round, will return to action at 6.20am today with the second round slated to start at approximately 8.00am.
Only three Bangladeshis could finish the incomplete opening day’s play with less than par score, highlighting the disappointing day for local golfers.
Delwar Hossain completed his first round with one-under while Mohammad Robin, Mohammad Razu also remained with the same score without completing their opening rounds.
The biggest disappointment for Bangladeshis was perhaps the performance of two-time Asian Tour winner Siddikur Rahman, who finished the opening round in joint 58th place with one-over-par 72.
Siddik, who was runners-up in the previous edition, started with two bogeys in the third and fourth hole and maintained the same inconsistency throughout the opening round.
Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand, who played in the morning batch, took the clubhouse lead with a healthy score of six-under-par 66.
Baby-faced Rattanon rode on a hot putter to sign for a solid opening round, seizing the clubhouse lead by one shot.
The 22-year-old Thai, who enjoyed a top-five result in the last edition, got his campaign off to a great start after firing seven birdies against a bogey to take his place atop the leaderboard.
‘My game was really good today. I made a great par save on the par-five 14th hole. That was the highlight of the day for me,’ said Rattanon.
Indian stalwart M Dharma and Tour rookie Jack Harrison of England posted matching 66s to share second place while Asian Development Tour graduate John Catlin of the United States settled two shots off the pace in fourth following a 67.