Trailblazer Siddikur all set for new season

Bangladesh`s first and only winner on the Asian Tour, Siddikur Rehman, hopes to continue his winning form as he prepares for the 2011 campaign.

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 11:21 AM IST

Kuala Lumpur: Bangladesh`s first and
only winner on the Asian Tour, Siddikur Rehman, hopes to
continue his winning form as he prepares for the 2011
campaign.

One of the revelations of 2010, Siddikur won his maiden
Asian Tour title at the Brunei Open and finished an impressive
seventh on the Order of Merit.

In 16 appearances across Asia, the average built Siddikur
was very consistent and missed only three cuts. He finished
the year with USD 267,692, ahead of stars like Singaporean
veteran Mardan Mamat and Thailand`s Prayad Marksaeng.

Siddikur begins his season with the Asian Development
Tour`s season-opening event, the Grameenphone Bangladesh
Masters at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka next week.

Through 2010, he also finished second at the Mercuries
Taiwan Masters, losing in a play-off to Thailand`s Pariya
Junhasavasdikul.

He also made heads turn at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic,
Malaysia, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and US PGA Tour. He
capped the season with a tied fifth-place finish at the Hero
Honda Indian Open, the joint richest full-field Asian Tour
event.

Siddikur`s is a remarkable rags-to-riches story. "I know
I have won a lot of money but my motivation to achieve more
success is not driven by money. I just want to become a good
player on the Asian Tour and maybe on the PGA Tour some day,"
said Siddikur.

"I`ve got full confidence that 2011 will be another
wonderful year and I believe I will be back to challenge for
honours again," said the 26-year-old, who started playing golf
with a makeshift seven iron head stuck to an iron rod.

Siddikur`s accomplishments on the Asian Tour have opened
the door for many aspiring golfers in Bangladesh to chase
their dream of playing professionally, and they will stand a
chance to test their mettle at the Grameenphone Bangladesh
Masters, which makes its debut on the region`s secondary
circuit from February 3-6, 2011.

"I believe the tournament will be good for the future
generation. I think it is important to expose players in
Bangladesh to more professional events," said Siddikur.

PTI