None of the Bangladeshi has yet to win the tournament but home-boy Siddikur Rahman will lead the local charge consisting of 41 professionals and six amateurs to lift the crown of US$350,000 event.
Despite the threatening weather, the Kurmitola Golf Club is all set to host country’s biggest golf event Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open 2019 from today. Having started in 2015, the Asian Tour event has been named in honour of the father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, from this year.
None of the Bangladeshi has yet to win the tournament but home-boy Siddikur Rahman will lead the local charge consisting of 41 professionals and six amateurs to lift the crown of US$350,000 event. However, their endeavour will not be easy with as many as 103 foreign players vying for the title including all the four former champions.
Siddikur holds the best achievement for Bangladesh when the Two-time Asian tour winner settled for the runner up trophy in 2017, falling four strokes behind Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand.
“I have a lot of good memories on this course. I had my best result at the Bangladesh Open here in 2017. I always hope for the best and it’s always nice to be back at home playing my National Open. I played some solid golf in Malaysia two weeks ago. I am really proud of myself with the good result that week. I hope to bring over the momentum this week,” said Siddikur.
Despite a brilliant finish on 2017 the ace golfer finished on a frustrating 26th last year but another local boy Zamal Hossain Mollah lit up the crowd as he finished on joint fourth, falling five shots behind eventual winner Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden. But, both the Bangladeshi golfers are lacking confidence at the moment as they missed cut in the recently concluded Hero Indian Open. However, Siddik is still optimistic about his performance albeit some concern over seasonal storm that hit Dhaka during the last couple of days.
“It was unfortunate that trees were fallen due to the storm earlier this week. It felt pretty open without the trees so it might take awhile to get used to. The golf course is in top condition so I thought it was a pity that the storm arrived. I believe we can still enjoy the course as much as before this week. I am really looking forward to this week. There is a lot of pressure when you play on your home course,” added the 34-year-old.
Despite struggling to replicate his success since making his ascent onto the Asian Tour, Defending champion Kokocinski hopes to get his season back on track with a successful title defence.
“I pretty much remember every single shot from my final round last year. The win last year has definitely put my career in the right direction. It was a stepping stone for me. I have played at a lot of new golf courses. I expected myself to do better after my win. It has been a long season but I am hoping to change my momentum after this week,” the Swedish said.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, the highest-ranked Asian Tour player in the 150-man field this week, is relishing his return to the Kurmitola Golf Club for the first time since securing his maiden win on the same venue two years ago.
Now a three-time Asian Tour winner, the 23-year-old Jazz is looking to ride on the beautiful memories in his chase for a fourth title and a second one this season to become the first player to win the Bangladesh Open more than once.