Rio-bound Siddikur ready to impress #KingsCup

Wed 27 Jul 2016

Rio-bound Siddikur ready to impress #KingsCup

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Pattaya, Thailand, July 27: Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman is determined to wrap up his final warm-up for the Olympic Games with a good showing at the King’s Cup presented by PTT Group this week.
Siddikur became the first ever Bangladeshi to qualify for the Olympics Games on merit after cementing his status as one of the top 60 players for next month’s tournament in Rio de Janeiro.
But before departing for Brazil, Siddikur, who will be the flagbearer for Bangladesh at the Games’ opening ceremony, is hoping for a slice of personal glory at the King’s Cup which starts at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club on Thursday.
“I want to do well at the King’s Cup so that I’ll head into the Olympics with a lot of confidence.
Miguel Tabuena of Philippines Miguel Tabuena of Philippines
“That’s why this is also a very important week for me,” said Siddikurm who will leave for Rio next Tuesday.
While Siddikur is looking forward to a good showing at the King’s Cup, he is also cautious of aggravating his back which has been his Achilles heel for a long time.
“My back is good and I’m really managing myself well. I struggled a bit a few years back but now, it’s good.
“So far, there has been no problem, I’m enjoying my golf and I really want to thank god for that,” said Siddikur.
Fellow Olympian Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines is also using the King’s Cup as his last preparation event before he heads to the world’s greatest sporting spectacle.
“I’m very excited about going to Rio next week. It’s always an honour to represent my country.
“I always represent my country whenever I play but it’s a bit more special now as this is the Olympics and it’s the biggest sporting event in the world,” said Tabuena.
Tabuena, who is currently fourth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, has been enjoying a rich vein of form since his maiden breakthrough on home soil last year.
He already has two top-five finishes in Singapore and Malaysia this year and made his dream debut at the U.S. Open after topping the sectional qualifiers last month.
“I never join a tournament thinking that I cannot win. This is my last tournament before the Olympics.
“My game is in a really good place now. It would be nice to win this week as that would give me a huge confidence boost in Rio,” said Tabuena.
Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant can meanwhile scupper Siddikur and Tabuena chances of winning the King’s Cup as he is ready to mount a stout defence of his title.
Thaworn’s 18th Asian Tour victory at the King’s Cup in 2014 was also his last and he makes no bones about returning to the winner’s circle again.
“The King’s Cup is a very special event. It’s the pride of Thailand which we are fighting for and this will further motivate me to play well.
“I want to win the trophy again and keep it on home soil again,” said the 49-year-old.
For the first time in the history of the King’s Cup, the tournament will be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour and local viewers will get the chance to catch all four days of live action on the TrueVisions network in Thailand.
Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand
The field for the King’s Cup will comprise of 90 players from the Asian Tour, 25 from The European Tour, 25 from Thailand PGA and 16 invite spots.
Prize money earned from the tournament will count towards the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit and also on the Race to Dubai ranking on The European Tour.
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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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. 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 The European Tour
The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2016, the European Tour International Schedule features 47 tournaments in 27 countries, all part of the Race to Dubai, the year-long competition which crowns the European Tour Number One at the end of the season, a title claimed in 2015 by Rory McIlroy for the third time.
Since its formation in 1972, the European Tour has witnessed 24 Members celebrate a total of 50 Major Championship titles between them, enjoyed ten Members attaining the pinnacle of World Number One and has celebrated its diversity as players from 36 different countries have won on Tour.
The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour, which features 28 tournaments in 22 countries in 2016, and the Senior Tour, which features 13 tournaments in nine countries in 2016. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup.
The European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to over 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2200 global broadcast hours for each event. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Emirates and Titleist as Official Partners.