Newly-wed Siddikur aims for #MMO title

Tue 27 Jan 2015

Newly-wed Siddikur aims for #MMO title

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Kuala Lumpur, January 27: Newly-wed Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh hopes wedding bliss will drive him towards a victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open, the Asian Tour’s 2015 season-opening tournament, next week.
The popular Bangladeshi, who recently married sweetheart Samaun Anjum Auroni in Dhaka, is gunning for a fast start to the new season at the US$3 million showpiece which is co-sanctioned with The European Tour.
While he is still on the road to a full recovery from a back injury which curtailed his campaign last year, the double Asian Tour winner is feeling confident after focusing on meditation and yoga in his pre-season preparation.
“I couldn’t practice too much because of my injury. But I did a lot of yoga, swimming and meditation to try and recover physically and to make myself mentally strong. Now I feel prepared for my upcoming tournaments,” said Siddikur.
The Bangladeshi trailblazer will face a stellar cast at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from February 5-8 which includes defending champion Lee Westwood of England, three-time Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Major champion Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland.
Newly crowned Asian Tour Order of Merit champion David Lipsky of the United States, second-ranked Anirban Lahiri of India and double champion Rashid Khan of India will also feature in the prestigious tournament alongside 18-time Tour winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Liang Wen-chong of China, Asia’s number one in 2007.
Siddikur’s best finish at the Maybank Malaysian Open was eighth place in the 2011 edition and with this year’s tournament marking Maybank’s 10th year as title sponsor, the Bangladeshi ace is hoping to launch a title charge.
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“It's a nice golf course. It's true that it's a long course but I enjoy playing there and I feel comfortable there as well. I hope to play better and stay fit. If I can stay healthy, then I’m confident I can play well” said the 27-year-old.
After winning two Asian Tour titles in a superb 2014 season, Khan has emerged as one of the region’s most exciting and newest young stars and he will be pushing hard to increase his winning tally at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The 24-year-old secured his first triumph on home soil at the SAIL-SBI Open and then came of age by emerging victorious at the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT.
He has credited mental coach, Aparna Jain, for his success.
“She (Jain) told me that I’m too aggressive on the golf course and that I needed to be calm and play easy. She said I shouldn’t put pressure on myself. That has really helped me ... I would like to win more tournaments like what I did in 2014. Maybe win three tournaments!” said Khan.
About Maybank
The Maybank Group is South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. It has an international network of over 2,400 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR & People's Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide. (www.maybank.com)
About the Malaysian Golf Association
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia that was founded in 1929 by representatives of golf clubs to promote the sport while preserving its traditions and integrity. The non-government organization is run by passionate volunteers who have a love for the game of golf, with the help of a team of management staff. The association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroots programs and training of athletes to represent Malaysia in international events.
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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) 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.
The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
About Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being recognised as Number One and Two top golf courses in Malaysia for 2014 by US Golf Digest, voted the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
About GlobalOne
GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in  sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line.  We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players’ managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment), Astro (Official Satellite TV), Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (Official Car), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview Golf (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).