#BBO Preview What They Said

Tue 31 Jan 2017

#BBO Preview What They Said

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Dhaka, January 31: Read what players have to say ahead of the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open which starts on Wednesday.
Mardan Mamat (SGP)
Mardan Mamat of Singapore Mardan Mamat of Singapore
It’s nice to be back here. It’s always nice to be back on a course where you have won before. The course still looks pretty much the same, just extensions of tee boxes on some holes. Other than that, everything is good. I like the weather here.
I remember I putted really well to win the tournament two years ago. That’s the key to win I think. If you can putt well, you can easily secure a top-10 finish anywhere.
I don’t have much expectations this week. I just want to build up my confidence for the season ahead. Every tournament is important for me so I will definitely try my best this week. Hopefully I can cap a good result to regain some confidence in my game.
It is good to see the development of the game here in Bangladesh. It’s great that the tournament is returning for the third consecutive edition this week. It’s always a good thing when you have your own National Open in the country. It helps to grow the game a lot.
Jeev Milkha Singh (IND)
Jeev Milkha Singh of India Jeev Milkha Singh of India
It’s my first time here and it’s been good so far. I like the course. My pro-am partners are very nice. They have played a lot on this course and they gave me a lot of good advices about the course. The weather is nice. It’s much cooler than last two weeks in Singapore and Myanmar.
The course is very challenging. You need a lot of planning and distance control. The game is feeling much better than last two weeks. I found something good but it’s the start of the year. It was a bit rusty but everything is falling in place.
I am looking forward to playing good golf now in the next few weeks. It will be a good test of golf this week. I think I will enjoy it. I just want to get my confidence up. I am playing good but I need to get the job done. That’s my goal this week. I am going to work hard on that, stick to my routines and process and hopefully the results will show.
The development of the game here in Bangladesh has been fantastic. What Siddikur (Rahman) has done for the golf in Bangladesh is great and I think he has given the local players a lot of encouragement and hope that if he can do it, they also have the chance to do it. I believe golf will continue to grow in Bangladesh and hopefully we have more tournaments here.
It’s good to see a lot of young players out here competing this week. I know Arjun Prasad is playing in his first event as a professional this week. I wish him all the best. Just work hard, stay disciplined and sky’s the limit for these young players. Age is not an issue these days. They should just go out there, enjoy the game and make the most out of it.
Shubhankar Sharma of India Shubhankar Sharma of India
Shubhankar Sharma (IND)
The game’s feeling pretty good. I played well last two weeks in Singapore and Myanmar. I am very happy with the way I am playing now so let’s see what happens. I was hoping for a good start to the season and I got what I want. I think I am getting pretty close to a breakthrough on the Asian Tour.
I am feeling very confident coming to this week. I played really good last year. I finished third, just a few shots shy of the winner. The top two guys players really well. I will take the same approach as last year. I am feeling good about the course. It’s a lot like the courses back home in India.
I haven’t really made any changes before the start of the season. I practiced a lot at the start of the year. I spent about 10 to 11 days with my coach back home in India before the start of the season. I have been working on my fitness as well. That paid off in the first two events of the season.
I was just working out and working on my game. I haven’t done much changes. I had some good results last year, especially in Manila where I played well on the last day to keep my card. I am feeling more comfortable playing on the Asian Tour now. I feel like I belonged here now and I have the chance to contend for a breakthrough title. That’s a good thing.
The course is looking better than last year. The greens are much nicer. It suits my game a lot. It’s slightly narrow. The greens are hard and not too fast, just about the right speed. You need to hit more fairways here to score. It’s not a long course.
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
Siddikur Rahman (BAN)
I am very thankful to the sponsors and Kurmitola Golf Club for their unwavering support. They have done a great job in hosting the event the last two years. It has gone a long way in helping the growth of the game in the country.
Winning my National Open would be the best thing that can happen in my career. I haven’t been able to play my best in the last two years but I have always got a very strong home support. I know they have high expectations of me. I hope I won’t disappoint them this time.
For sure there will be pressure, playing in front of my home crowd and on my home course. But I will learn to deal with that. I have won on my home course before so I know I can do it. I know my way around that course so I hope to take advantage of that.
Sutijet Kooratanapisan (Tha)
I like this golf course. It’s pretty similar to my home course back home. I feel good whenever I play here. Finishing second here last year has given me a lot of confidence. At least I know I have the capabilities to put myself in contention now.
They have been a great motivation. It’s good to see them winning on Tour. It makes me feel like I can do it too. I will keep striving for the better. I hope to take advantage of the positive vibes this week to cap another good result, hopefully a win!