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Siddikur takes two-shot lead at Hero Indian Open

Update : 08 Nov 2013, 06:50 PM

Siddikur Rahman tightened his grip as the weather-interrupted the Hero Indian Open with a second round six-under-par 66 yesterday to put himself on course to win at the Delhi Golf Club.

The Bangladeshi opened with an eagle and putted a 20-foot birdie on the last hole to leave himself with a total 12-under-par 132, two shots ahead of Chapchai Nirat of Thailand, who posted a 68 at the US$1.25 million Asian Tour event. Multiple Asian Tour winners Angelo Que (68) of the Philippines and SSP Chowrasia (68) of India were a further five shots behind the leader.

The start of the second day’s play was delayed for more than an hour due to darkness and heavy fog. A total of 26 players will return at 7.15am Saturday to complete the round.

Siddikur, the first Bangladeshi to play and win on the Asian Tour in 2010, took advantage of his straight hitting game and a hot putter, making 27 putts at the venerable Delhi Golf Club.

“I played aggressively again and I’m really enjoying this new style of play. I didn’t do anything exceptional in my game but I’m just enjoying the way I’m playing now. My game was excellent thanks largely to my short game,” smiled Siddikur.

The 29-year-old, who has enjoyed solid results at the Delhi Golf Club, has yet to win a title at the challenging course. He finished second at the 2011 SAIL Open and was runner-up again at the 2012 Panasonic Open India.

“This course is like my home course. I have good memories here. With the way I’m playing I think it is time to win. I won’t do anything special but I will continue to play aggressively,” he said.

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