Siddikur aims for season-ending flourish

Tue 14 Jan 2014

Siddikur aims for season-ending flourish

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Hua Hin, Thailand, January 14: Siddikur Rahman aims to end his sensational season on a winning note when he tees off at the US$1 million King’s Cup Golf Hua Hin on Thursday.
The popular Bangladeshi, currently ranked third on the Order of Merit, knows that a good result or victory at the Black Mountain Golf Club will cement his position in the Asian Team for the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM, played in Malaysia in March.
Siddikur will be among a star-studded cast gathered for the Asian Tour’s season finale which include Scott Hend of Australia, who won three titles in 2013, Anirban Lahiri of India, ranked fifth on the Order of Merit and Hua Hin native Prom Meesawat.
Winning the Indian Open last year for his second Asian Tour title will serve an inspiration for Siddikur, who is on track for his best result on the Order of Merit. His best placing on the Order of Merit to date was seventh in 2010.
“After a long break, I’m very excited to play again. The break was very good for me. I took about a two-week rest and started to practice again. I played my best golf in 2013. It was nice to reflect on my season during the break. It kind of keeps you going and it motivates you to keep playing better and better.
“Winning the Indian Open was definitely the highlight of my season. I’m very happy with that victory and sometimes when I don’t play too well, I reflect on that win to be inspired to do better. It is a memory that I will always remember,” smiled Siddikur.
He hopes to add another feather in the cap by qualifying for the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM which pits 10 Asian Tour players against 10 European Tour players in the Ryder Cup style format.
“My goal is to qualify for the Asian Team for EurAsia Cup. I just need a good week. I’m in a comfortable position and I have the confidence to do my best this week. It is a nice course to play on. It can get very windy so it might get tricky,” said the 29-year-old.
More than 30 proven Asian Tour winners will feature in the event this week where Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij aims to successfully defend his title.
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