Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh renewed his love affair with the Queen’s Cup presented by Bangchak when he opened with a bogey-free six-under-par 65 to grab the clubhouse lead by one shot on Thursday.
The 33-year-old Siddik, who has recorded five top-10 results in his last eight appearances albeit on a different venue at the Queen’s Cup, overcame a nagging back pain by firing six birdies to take his place atop the leaderboard.
Asian Tour rookies Miguel Carballo of Argentina and American Dino A. Giacomazzi carded matching 66s to share second place in the US$300,000 event, which is celebrating its 10th straight edition on the region’s premier Tour this week.
Thitiphun Chuayprakong, who has well-recovered from a career-threatening wrist injury, is amongst the local prospects bunched in fifth place following identical rounds of 67s at the highly-rated Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.
‘I haven’t had a bogey-free round for a long time. I had an excellent day out there. My putting was really good and that’s the reason why I can put up such a low score today. Everything went well today except for the 18th hole where I hit a bad drive.
‘But I made a great up and down from the bunker for birdie there. It was about 25 yards from the bunker but I made that. My back was really sore yesterday. I went for treatment at the physio and it’s much better today,’ said Siddik, a two-time Asian Tour winner.
‘I made most of my birdies from within 10 to 15 feet today. I started from the 10th hole today and got off to a great start with two straight birdies. This course suits my game too as it’s not too long. I am feeling very excited now and I am looking forward to the next few rounds,’ Siddik added.