Siddikur aims to let the good times roll #HeroIndianOpen

Sat 05 Mar 2016

Siddikur aims to let the good times roll #HeroIndianOpen

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Delhi, March 5: Siddikur Rahman hopes to enjoy better days ahead when he competes in the prestigious Hero Indian Open title on his favourite hunting ground at the Delhi Golf Club from March 17 to 20.
The Bangladeshi trailblazer has an impeccable track record at the venerable Delhi course where he won the 2013 Hero Indian Open, finished second on four occasions and secured eight top-10s in other Asian Tour events.
His impressive record will be put to the test when he faces an elite field which includes title holder and reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Anirban Lahiri and three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington at the US$1.66 million tournament sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Local favourites Arjun Atwal, the first Indian to win on the PGA Tour, Rashid Khan, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Chiragh Kumar and S.S.P. Chawrasia, who lost in a play-off to Lahiri last year, will also feature in the Hero Indian Open.
Siddikur enjoyed his best seasons in 2009, 2010 and 2013 when he finished inside the top-10 on the Order of Merit but has not produced his best form following a back injury over the last two seasons.
“My injury didn’t allow me to focus on my physical strength and I lost a lot of my stamina and power. That’s obviously lacking in my game right now,” Siddkur explained.
“It’s normal to get frustrated I guess. I used to play really good golf. But this is part of life. Every sportsmen have these bad times and we go up and down. It makes me appreciate what I have but I believe I will get back to my best form soon. I’ll continue to work hard at my game to achieve this.”
Regarded as one of the straightest shooters of the golf ball on the Asian Tour, Siddikur is determined to bounce back to top form and rediscover some of his best golf which he has displayed in recent years at the tree-lined Delhi course.
“Physically I’m okay but I need to work harder to get back on track. I’m struggling a bit with my game right now. I’ve having good practice sessions but when I’m on the golf course during a tournament round, I get a bit tired, have doubts in my mind.
“I’ve discussed this with my coach and we’ve decided that we need to get physically stronger. I’m probably lacking a bit of physical conditioning now,” said Siddikur, a two-time Asian Tour winner.
The Hero Indian Open has been a regular fixture on the Asian Tour Schedule and it will be sanctioned with the European Tour for the second consecutive year. This year marks the 52nd edition of the prestigious tournament.
About Hero MotorCorp Ltd
For 15 consecutive years, Hero MotoCorp has remained the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturer in terms of unit volumes sold in a calendar year by a single company. The company sold over 6.63 million two-wheelers in the financial year 2014-15. The New Delhi, India-headquartered Hero MotoCorp currently sells its range of motorcycles and scooters in 26 countries spread across Asia, Africa and South and Central America. By the year 2020, Hero aims to be present in 50 countries.
For over two decades, Hero has been associated with various disciplines of sports including golf, cricket, football and hockey. In the biggest-ever celebrity brand endorsement initiative by an Indian company, Hero MotoCorp in 2014 signed on 14 times Major champion Tiger Woods as its Global Corporate Partner. Top Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri is also a Hero Brand Ambassador.
Hero has been sponsoring the men?s Indian Open since 2005 and the Women?s Indian Open since 2010. Hero also sponsors India?s domestic Pro Tour for women. Hero last year became the title sponsor of the Tiger Woods Invitational - the PGA-sanctioned Hero World Challenge.
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) 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 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 2015, will feature a minimum of 47 tournaments spread across five continents; 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.