Rahman and Feroz Ali the joint lead on day one

Dhaka: India`s Feroz Ali Mollah and Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh shot an identical six under 66 to share the lead after round one of the American Express Bangladesh Open 2012 on Tuesday.

Lucknow golfer Vijay Kumar is placed third at four under 68.

Rahman, the first Bangladeshi to win a title on the Asian Tour, picked up his first birdie of the day on the third hole where he made a tricky chip-putt from the left of the green.

He then played an extraordinary bunker shot to earn a birdie on the fifth.

After collecting another birdie on the seventh, the 27-year-old made eagle-birdie on the 10th and 11th to take his score to six under for the day.

Rahman, playing on his home course, hit a near-perfect second shot from 120 yards to make eagle on the par-4 10th. The only blemish on his card was the bogey on the 12th.

Rahman, the 2010 Bangladesh Open champion, hit an excellent drive on the 14th to set up his final birdie of the day. He thus finished the day with a splendid 66.

"My driving and hitting were excellent today. I also hit some great chip shots, especially on the third, fifth and 14th. My best shot of the day was the second shot on the 10th that led to an eagle. I holed my pitching wedge shot from 120 yards on the 10th," said Rahman, who claimed eighth place on the 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit.

He added, "The course is in great condition as the fairways and greens are playing very well. I have the advantage of local knowledge on this course and I will look to capitalize on that.”

"I`m highly motivated to do well at this event as this is my national open. I`ll try my best to live up to the expectations of the home crowd."


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