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Siddikur hopes for better rest of season

  • Published at 07:00 pm August 8th, 2019
Siddikur Rahman

Siddikur Rahman is now currently ranked 569th in the world ranking

Top Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman is hopeful of putting on better performances in the rest of the year after finishing among the top 20 in two Asian Tour events out of a total of seven so far this year. 

Siddikur’s top-placed finishing this year was at home when he clinched 12th spot in the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open in April after claiming 15th place in the Maybank Championship in Malaysia the previous month.

“I’m happy with my performance so far. I’m currently ranked 23rd in Asian Tour so it’s good. I still have 12-15 more tournaments to play in the rest of the season. I’ve prepared well and excited to play. I’m hoping to finish in good positions in those tournaments,” said Siddikur to Dhaka Tribune Thursday.

Siddikur won one of his two Asian Tour titles in the Indian Open in 2013 but the country’s golfing sensation has not been doing well in the tournament in recent years as he missed the cut in three editions in a row with the latest held in March this year.

“The golf course of the India Open was changed two-three years ago. The current course is very challenging. Not every golfer suits well with every course but it was good experience,” explained Siddikur.

Siddikur became the first Bangladesh athlete to qualify for the Olympics directly after he was placed among top 60 (56th) in the final eligibility list for the Rio 2016 Games. 

But Siddikur is now currently ranked 569th in the world ranking.

When asked if he can repeat the same in the next Tokyo Olympics 2020, Siddikur replied, “It will be challenging but I’m not worried about it because I know if I can perform well I can do it again.”

“I still have many big tournaments left. May be there will be around 20 tournaments before the Olympics. If I do well in two or three of them and finish among top 10, it will not be a matter to get included in the Olympics,” hoped the 34-year-old golfer. 

Siddikur will fly for Malaysia Sunday to take part in his next Asian Tour event, Sarawak Championship, which is scheduled to be held at the Damai Golf and Country Club from August 15-18.