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Siddikur eyes home glory

Update : 26 May 2015, 06:19 PM

The golf icon of the country, Siddikur Rahman, believes he will get the golden opportunity to overcome his recent blip in form when the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open tees off today in the greens of Kurmitola Golf Club.

Siddikur might have missed the cut four times in his last five professional tournaments this season but the 30-year old golfer from Madaripur is of the opinion that the familiarity of the Kurmitola course, hosting the country’s first ever Asian Tour event, will give him a significant advantage over the other participants.

“I am very excited that this week has finally arrived. I am feeling great because this is my home course and we have a good advantage to play better. I do not feel pressure because I have won many tournaments here,” said Siddikur, who is gunning for his third Asian Tour title after successes in Brunei and India.

“If I can play my own game here, I think I can win this tournament. This is definitely a golden opportunity for me to win and prove that Bangladeshi golfers are good,” added a confident Siddikur, who is among 31 Bangladeshi participants in the tournament.

“I am feeling very confident because I am physically fit and really looking forward to a good week. I did not prepare any differently this week because I feel very comfortable here. I think the fans and golfers will really enjoy the week.”

Siddikur however, admitted that it will not be all plain sailing for him on the 6,500-yard course. 

“This is not an easy course because the rough is long. The key is finding fairways and greens. The course is proving to be more difficult compared to 2011 when I won the Asian Development Tour. It will be challenging this week,” said Siddikur.

Siddikur, ranked 59th in the world rankings, will also have other things in mind when the $300,000 event gets underway at 6:30am. The top 60 golfers qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio so Siddikur knows a good finish in the tournament will aid his Rio prospects greatly.

“It is my dream to play in the Olympics. If I can maintain this position, then I will add another milestone in my career,” he said.

Siddikur will tee off at 7:30am from the 10th hole.

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