If you ask me, I would definitely say that winning the Brunei Open in 2010 was my most memorable achievement and the turning point of my life. I never had to look back after winning that Asian Tour title.
Until that win I was not very known person in golfing arena. I had nothing to lose in the tournament. It’s also true that I was not thinking to win the tournament.
During that time, I was struggling to find a way out for my survival. I would have been happy if I had finished among the top 10. That was enough for me at that time.
But I made a dream start as I was in first position from the opening round, looking at the leaderboard after each round, counting on my score, making the next day’s game plan.
I was asking myself, what was going on, am I in a fantasy, is it me? Is it real? Nothing so fascinating happened in my life before.
After the third round, some participating players thought that I could win the tournament because of my perfect accuracy.
On the final day, my fight was mainly against South African player Jbe Kruger. We were locked in a tie [with an identical score of 268] after the 18th hole.
It would not happen if I did not miss a two-to-three feet putt in the 17th hole. I was leading by one-shot before putting the second-last hole. There were mixed feelings, I was excited as well as nervous, thinking that what was going to happen.
He [Kruger] made the scores level in the 17th hole and both of us traded even-par in the last hole before I beat him in the sudden-death. I played even-par while he suffered a bogey in the play-off.
Honestly speaking, I never thought that I would win, even after the third round as I was very new at this level. It was only my second year after qualifying to play in the Asian Tour.
I was just playing and enjoying each shot without thinking too much about what would happen. Somehow at the end of the day, by the grace of almighty Allah, I won the title.
Till today, I wonder how well I played in all four rounds of that tournament. I try to touch that feel again and again.
After the win, I felt proud to be a Bangladeshi and thought that could do something for my country as well as for golf.
Wahid Ullah Bakul writes the interview
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