Siddikur secures top-three finish in Germany

Hamburg, Germany, July 31: Bangladeshi hero Siddikur Rahman closed with a flawless four-under-par 68 to grab a share of third place at the Porsche European Open held in Hamburg on Sunday.

Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh

Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh

Siddikur highlighted his bogey-free round with four birdies to finish on 11-under-par 277 total, two shots back of eventual winner Jordan Smith, who defeated Alexander Levy on the second play-off hole for his first victory at the Green Eagle Golf Courses.

The 32-year-old Siddikur moved up 78 spots to 282nd position on the latest Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) following his solid finish, which was his first top-10 result in an European Tour event not co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.

“It was a really great day. I could never have expected this day. I was very fortunate,” said Siddikur. “My hitting was good, especially my putting was really, really good all four days. I’m really happy with today’s round.”

The two-time Asian Tour winner credited an amazing par on the last hole par-five 18th where he hit an errant tee shot and a second that found the hazard to tie in third place.

“I knew I couldn’t get there in two, so I had to take three. I told myself, ‘no problem, let’s go for three’ but unfortunately the second shot went a little left and into the hazard,” said Siddikur, who had enjoyed a runner-up finish at his National Open earlier this year.

“Then I told myself again, ‘there’s still a long way to go, one good shot, one good putt, no problem’. My fourth shot was really good. It was very crowded and I was really inspired by the clapping. The last par putt was memorable, I was thrilled to make that and it was very wonderful.”

Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg and Danthai Boonma of Thailand were among those tied in 19th place on 282 following matching rounds of 69s while Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang and Thailand’s Poom Saksansin carded identical 70s to finish a further shot back in tied-28th.

Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat signed for a 73 to settle 10 shots back in tied-37th position while China’s Liu Yan-wei took a share of 66th place on 291 following a 74.