Local golfing sensation Siddikur Rahman is hopeful of putting up a better display than the previous two years as the third edition of the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open tees off in the capital's Kurmitola Golf Club today.
Winning my National Open would be the best thing that can happen in my career
Let alone being in the top 10, Siddikur, the two-time Asian Tour winner, failed to emerge as the best local player in the last two editions. He was placed jointly at 38th position in the opening edition two years ago and finished 35th last year.
Siddikur believes winning the Asian Tour title at home would be his career's biggest ever achievement thus far. “Winning my National Open would be the best thing that can happen in my career. I haven’t been able to play my best in the last two years but I always get very strong home support. I know they have high expectations of me. I hope I won’t disappoint them this time around,” said Siddikur yesterday.
Siddikur however, expects a tough challenge from the opponents.
“Like the previous two years, some great players will be playing in the event. The tournament will get more exciting, more challenging, more fun. I prepared myself well for the tournament. Hopefully I will give my best and keep the title at home,” he said.
A total of 132 golfers from 19 countries around the world will be taking part in the $300,000 event, including 33 rising professional golfers and six amateurs from host Bangladesh.
Among other local participants, Shakhawat Sohel, who was the country's top performer in the last edition, and Zamal Hossain Molla, who was placed seventh last year, will be looking forward to improved displays.