Four weeks, four consecutive victories around the world by Asian golfers. These are indeed great days for the Asian Tour and golf in the region, as was evident by Siddikur Rahman’s comeback to the top 10 of the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Elsewhere, Korea’s Jeunghun Wang, 20, completed back-to-back victories with a come-from-behind one-shot triumph in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on Sunday, a week after he had broken through in Morocco.
The slender Wang pipped Bangladeshi Siddikur on the last hole with a birdie to win the tournament tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour. He became the youngest player at 20 years and 263 days to win consecutive events on the European Tour.
Although disappointed that he failed to land a third Asian Tour victory in Mauritius, Siddikur’s consolation was that he moved back into the world’s top-300 at 274th position which will enhance his hopes of qualifying for the Olympics.
“I didn’t even think I was going to be able to reach second position. Before we came here, I was really struggling with my golf. I’m really happy to get second position,” said the Bangladeshi history-maker, who has been hampered by a back injury in recent years.
“I am happy with how I finished. This is a good boost for me on my world rankings. Hopefully I can get back into the running for the Olympics. I will take the positives from this week. I am looking forward to the rest of the season and hopefully I can cap a good year.”
Prior to Wang’s heroics, countryman and close friend Soomin Lee, 22, and China’s Li Haotong, also 20, were victorious in European Tour events in China which left quite a few observers and players buzzing with optimism about the future of the Asian Tour.
Wang’s win was worth US$189,841, which moved him up to second place on the latest Asian Tour’s Order of Merit on US$470,338, some US$166,000 behind leader Marcus Fraser of Australia.
Filipino Miguel Tabuena, who is 21, is third on the Asian Tour rankings with US$336,258 while Lee is fourth, some US$17,000 further behind.
Add in those victories by Lee and Li in China, Asian golf celebrated a small slice of history by notching four straight wins on the European Tour which has never been recorded previously.