#BBO Preview - What They Said

Tue 09 Feb 2016

#BBO Preview - What They Said

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Dhaka, February 9: Read what players have to say ahead of the US$300,000 Bashundhara Bangladesh Open which starts on Wednesday.
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
I am really very excited to come back home and play on my home course again. It’s a pity I didn’t get a good result last year. The weather is perfect and I think that’s why the course is in a better condition, compared to last year. I was surprised to see how good the course conditions were when I played the pro-am tournament this morning. The fairways, the greens and the way they set up the golf course is perfect I must say.
I am really looking forward to this week. I played some good golf this morning in the pro-am although I just landed last night from Myanmar. The game’s feeling good. I feel excited after seeing that the course is in good shape.
It’s always an advantage playing at home and in front of your home crowd. It’s going to be a motivation for me to do well. This is the second time that we have an Asian Tour event here and I hope we can continue to put Bangladesh on the world map through the staging of this event. I would also like to welcome all foreign players to Bangladesh. I hope they enjoy the week.
There’s actually a lot of pressure for me playing on home soil this week but I guess it all depends on how much I want to take. Honestly, I think I gave myself too much pressure last year. I was just trying to win the tournament. I think that mindset is wrong.
I will try to stay relax this time. I just want to enjoy my game. I enjoy the home crowd and I feel motivated to see them supporting me. There will definitely be a lot of expectations for me but I will take it positively.
I want to prove my worth this week. I feel very confident and hopeful. I want to believe that I can become the first Bangladeshi to win on home soil. There are a lot of good players here this week. It’s hard to say who will win. It’s going to be a good challenge this week.
Casey O’Toole (Usa)
Casey O'Toole of  United States Casey O'Toole of United States
The game’s feeling good. I secured my first top-five finish on the Asian Tour last week in Myanmar and obviously riding on that good form coming here. This is my sixth week in a row playing in tournaments. I am getting a little tired but I feel very excited to be back here.
This was where I played my first Asian Tour event. It’s great to come back here. I really like this golf course and it seems to be in a better shape this year. I played the pro-am tournament this morning and I am really looking forward to the start of the tournament tomorrow.
I was kind of surprised when I took the first round lead last year. I was a rookie back then and I didn’t expect to be in the lead in my first Asian Tour event. Although I didn’t finish off well, I thought it was still a great experience playing last year. Hopefully I can play my game and have a good week this week.
Yikeun Chang (Kor)
The game feels great. I am putting well. Finishing top-10 last week gave me a lot of confidence coming here. I have been putting well for the last couple of weeks. If I can drive the ball well this week, I think I should have a good chance to cap another good week.
I just arrived last night and I haven’t really been around. The people are really nice here. This golf course is a little different from the golf courses that I played last two weeks. It’s a lot shorter but it’s challenging because it’s tight off the tee. I think the driver this week is the key to play well here.