Siddikur soars at Hero Indian Open

Fri 08 Nov 2013

Siddikur soars at Hero Indian Open

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Delhi, November 8: Siddikur tightened his grip at the Hero Indian Open with a second round six-under-par 66 on Friday to put himself in position to end a title jinx at the Delhi Golf Club.
The Bangladeshi opened with an eagle and holed a 20-footer birdie putt on the last for a 12-under-par 132 total, two shots ahead of Chapchai Nirat of Thailand, who posted a 68 at the US$1.25 million Asian Tour event.
Rahil Gangjee led the India charge on 69, three shots back from the leader while Adam Groom of Australia was a further shot back in fourth on 136 at the venerable Delhi Golf Club.
Multiple Asian Tour winners Angelo Que of the Philippines and S.S.P. Chowrasia of India tied fifth alongside Das Shankar of India after shooting 68, 68 and 70 respectively.
Siddikur, the first Bangladeshi to play and win on the Asian Tour in 2010, took advantage of his straight hitting game and a hot putter, making 27 putts at the venerable Delhi Golf Club.
“I played aggressively again and I’m really enjoying this new style of play. I didn’t do anything exceptional in my game but I’m just enjoying the way I’m playing now. My game was excellent thanks largely to my short game,” smiled Siddikur.
Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
The 29-year-old has enjoyed solid results at the Delhi Golf Club but is still without a victory at the challenging course where he finished second at the 2011 SAIL Open and 2012 Panasonic Open India.
“This course is like my home course! I have good memories here. With the way I’m playing, I think it is time to win. I won’t do anything special but I will continue to play aggressively,” Siddikur added.
Chapchai endured a lean spell since setting a 72-hole world scoring record with a 32-under-par 256 in India in 2009 en route to winning his third Asian Tour title.
The big-hitting Thai has been struggling on the greens but turned the corner after reverting to a belly putter in September.
“When I was using my old putter, I tend to open or close the putter face when I putt. That never happens with the belly putter. My scores have certainly improved since I changed putter,” said the 30-year-old Chapchai.
Chowrasia, a two-time Asian Tour winner, traded five birdies against one bogey to put himself in prime position to win the prestigious Hero Indian Open title after finishing second in 1999 and 2006.
“I’ve played well at Delhi Golf Club and I have very good memories here. I will keep that in mind when I’m playing in the last two days,” said Chowrasia.
The flamboyant Que charged into contention for his fourth Asian Tour win without playing a practice round at the Hero Indian Open.
“I’ve sort of struggled a bit in the past few events, mostly with my putting. I’ve been working on that. I don’t want to change putters. I think it is just my eyes deceiving me. I just need to trust my line and my stroke,” said Que.
Scores after round 2 of the Hero Indian Open being played at the par 72, 6983 Yards Delhi Golf Club course (a- denotes amateur):
132 - SIDDIKUR  (BAN) 66-66.
134 - Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 66-68.
137 - Angelo QUE (PHI) 69-68, S.S.P. CHOWRASIA (IND) 69-68.
138 - Chawalit PLAPHOL (THA) 70-68, Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL (THA) 66-72, BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 69-69, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 71-67, Sanjay KUMAR (IND) 70-68.SSP_CHOWRASIA
139 - Mardan MAMAT (SIN) 66-73.
140 - Javi COLOMO (ESP) 69-71, Shamim KHAN (IND) 68-72, Kwanchai TANNIN (THA) 70-70.
141 - Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 71-70, Unho PARK (AUS) 68-73, Randhir Singh GHOTRA (IND) 72-69, Scott BARR (AUS) 71-70, Manav JAINI (IND) 72-69, Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 71-70, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 75-66, Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) 71-70.
142 - Ryan MCCARTHY (AUS) 71-71, Matthew STIEGER (AUS) 69-73, Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 69-73, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 75-67, David LIPSKY (USA) 72-70, Michael THOMPSON (USA) 72-70, Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 72-70, Mithun PERERA (LKA) 70-72, CHAN Yih-shin (TPE) 70-72.
About Hero Indian Open
The Hero Indian Open (Golf) is India’s longest running international sports competition and is held annually on the Asian Tour. Started in 1964, it has now been held for 49 years and celebrates its golden jubilee in 2013. With a total prize purse of US$1.25 million and featuring top Indian and international golfers, the Hero Indian Open is the flagship event of Indian golf.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) 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.