Siddikur Blog: Frustrating times but I'm working hard

Tue 16 Feb 2016

Siddikur Blog: Frustrating times but I'm working hard

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Kuala Lumpur, February 16: Bangladeshi star Siddikur Rahman is prepared to bid his time to regain top form for the 2016. Competing at the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia, he talks about the challenges ahead of him in this latest blog.
By Siddikur Rahman
I’m very excited to be here. 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.
Normally, I would focus a lot in big events such as this week's Maybank Championship. But at this moment, I’m not focusing too much and just trying to enjoy the tournament. I played nine holes yesterday and the course condition is in perfect shape. It’s a bit long for me but the way the fairways and greens are set out, they are perfect for the tournament.
I had ambitions to win the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open last week but didn’t play good enough. The Olympics is obviously on my mind too and if I can get a couple of top-10s before July, I should qualify for Rio. I want to regain my form of 2010 and 2011 and to get back to that level, I need to get stronger, which is my goal for this year.
My back injury last year 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.
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.
Wish me luck.