Siddikur first European Tour title
Tribune Desk

  • Premier Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman gestures during the fourth and final round yesterday  
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Siddikur Rahman was focusing on the positives after three dropped shots in his last three holes saw him finish second to Jeunghun Wang by one shot at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

After starting the final round with a one-shot lead at Four Seasons Golf Club at Anahita, he extended that to four after six holes and held a three-shot cushion with three holes to play.

An out of bounds tee-shot then led to a double-bogey on the 16th and a three-putt on the 17th meant the Bangladeshi went up the par five last level with Wang at five under.

He nearly made a dramatic eagle as his third shot hit the pin but two putts were only good enough for a par and Wang made a birdie to claim his second win in as many weeks.

Siddikur’s best finish so far this season had been a tie for 50th at the Maybank Championship Malaysia and, despite the disappointment of his finish, he was pleased to be back in contention.

“Well it was good until hole number 15, but unfortunately I don’t know what happened,” said Siddikur. “I had an O.B. the first shot and a good up and down but it’s really unfortunate. I gave my best, so I leave the rest. It’s part of the game. I’m really happy with my round and I believe it’s a part of the game.

“Maybe I’ll have something good in the future. I did visualise that my
ball was going to go in the hole (on the 18th), so I could eagle it. I chipped well and the putt was not so good. I think it was not my day.

“I didn’t even think I was going to be able to reach the second position. Before we came here I was really struggling with my golf. I’m really happy to get the second position.”

Wang and Siddikur were the only players in the field to finish under par on a week of tough scoring on the east coast of Mauritius, with Nicolas Colsaerts and Estanislao Goya both at level par.

Nicolas, the big-hitting Belgian is attached to the Four seasons and, while slightly disappointed with a closing 75, enjoyed his week.

Late birdies on the 15th and the last handed Argentinian Goya a 71 and a top-five finish means he will now tee it up next week at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation. 

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