Siddikur hopes to soar at #HIO2015

Wed 18 Feb 2015

Siddikur hopes to soar at #HIO2015

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Delhi, February 18: Siddikur Rahman plans to bounce back from a run of poor results at his favourite hunting ground when he defends his title at the US$1.5 million Hero Indian Open which starts on Thursday.
The popular Bangladeshi uncharacteristically missed the cut in his last two events but hopes to rediscover his best form when he contends at the Delhi Golf Club, a venue where he has one win and eight other top-10s, including two runner-up results.
Siddikur will face strong challenges from the home front led by an in-form Anirban Lahiri, Rashid Khan, who won twice in 2014, Jeev Milkha Singh, a two-time Asian Tour number one, S.S.P. Chawrasia, Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa at the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, who returns to India for the first time since 2008, Scott Hend of Australia, Prom Meesawat of Thailand, Angelo Que of the Philippines and Richard T. Lee of Canada, the 2013 Asian Tour Rookie of the Year, will also feature in the elite field.
Rashid Khan of India Rashid Khan of India
“I feel at peace and happy here. I don’t feel any pressure even though I’m defending my title this week. When you do bad or good, it is part of golf. I learn a lot from my mistakes and that has helped me improve,” said Siddikur, a two-time Asian Tour winner.
“I feel great because I have good memories on this course. I played one of my best golf in my career at the 2013 Hero Indian Open. This is my favourite golf course and I’m looking forward to this week.”
The 30-year-old hopes to strike it hot with his irons which he reckons will be the key to success this week. With his coach Shane Gillespie and wife Samaun Anjum Auroni by his side, Siddikur is determined to retain the title.
“My coach is with me and he is motivating me. According to my stats, I’m not hitting enough greens in regulation. That’s my strongest point in the past. My short game is there but I’m not finding enough greens to go low,” Siddikur explained.
Home favourite Khan, who enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2014 where he won twice, aims to find for more consistency in his game.
“I just need one good week and I’ll be more confident after that. I did a lot of mistakes last year. I won two events but I wasn’t consistent. I always had one bad round so I want to avoid that this year. I want to make less mistakes and be myself on the course,” said Khan.
“Now my game is at the next level where I can’t afford to make mistakes. If you look at the last two events, the winners won by one shot so that’s what I need to learn,” added the 24-year-old.
Prom, a two-time Asian Tour winner, will leave the driver out of the golf bag when he challenges for honours at the tricky DGC course, which is known for its narrow fairways.
“We know this golf course well and we’ve played here many times. My driver is back in my room! That’s the plan when I play on this golf course. I never use the driver on this course. I used it when I played on this course earlier in my career but I’ve learnt from that mistake!” said the Thai.
He finished third on the Order of Merit last year and is slowly finding his groove in the new season where he finished tied 25th and 31st in Malaysia and Thailand respectively.
“I’ve found my rhythm after practising and playing competitively. I feel that I’m slowly finding my best form again. This is another good week for the Asian Tour players to win again. We’ve enjoyed some good winners in the co-sanctioned events and I think we can continue to do that,” said Prom.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
About Hero MotoCorp
Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer in terms of unit volumes sold in a calendar year by a single company. The company sold over 6.64 million two-wheelers in the calendar year 2014. The New Delhi, India-headquartered Hero MotoCorp currently sells its range of motorbikes and scooters in 23 countries spread across Asia, Africa and South and Central America. By the year 2020, Hero aims to be present in 50 countries with an annual combined sales volume of 12 million units. By that year, Hero also aims to surpass the cumulative sales of 100 million two-wheelers.
For over two decades, Hero has been associated with various disciplines of sports including golf, cricket and hockey. In the biggest-ever celebrity brand endorsement initiative by an Indian company, Hero MotoCorp in 2014 signed on 14 times major champion Tiger Woods as its Global Corporate Partner. Top Indian golfers Anirban Lahiri, Shiv Kapur, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Daniel Chopra and India’s top woman professional Sharmila Nicollet are also Hero brand ambassadors.
Hero has been sponsoring the men’s Indian Open since 2006 and the Women’s Indian Open since 2010. Hero also sponsors India’s domestic Pro Tour for women. Hero last year became the title sponsor of the Tiger Woods Invitational – the Hero World Challenge – which is also a PGA Tour event.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
About European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour’s innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2015, will feature a minimum of 47 tournaments spread across five continents; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
About Nimbus Sport
Nimbus Sport is the full service sports marketing division of Nimbus Communications Ltd., specializing in Rights Distribution and Management, Television Production, Sponsorship Services and Event Management. Nimbus Sport has been involved in managing rights transactions worth over USD 2 billion to date, among the largest in Asia. It has extensive experience of rights management and/or television production with multiple sports federations and dozens of major sponsors. It is a leading producer of World Feeds of Live sports events with over 4500 hours of Live content delivered and also manages best-in-class sports events.