Siddikur keeps it simple to stay in hunt

Thu 27 Feb 2014

Siddikur keeps it simple to stay in hunt

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New Delhi, February 27: Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman has a simple game plan that he thinks will help him win the SAIL-SBI Open presented by Incredible India – shoot a five-under-par 67 every day.
Siddikur carded the same number for a second successive day at the Delhi Golf Club, which he was victorious at the Hero Indian Open in November, to stay in title contention on Thursday in what is the Asian Tour’s season-opening tournament for 2014.
Overnight leader Rashid Khan of India, who fired a 61 on Wednesday, leads by four after adding a 69 in the second round.
Siddikur, who finished fourth on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit last season, was happy he has stuck to his goal so far this week.
“Another five under today, I’m happy. It’s good. That’s my target. It was really good, everything was good. Hitting and putting was good. I’m especially happy with my putting. Yesterday, I struggled a bit,” said Sididkur, who will represent Team Asia in the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM against Europe in Malaysia next month.
“I just want to follow what I’ve done in the first two days. If I can continue on that, I think I can win.”
With his straight-shooting game which is suited for the tight Delhi course, Siddikur has achieved multiple top-10s here and won the Hero Indian Open for his second career title on the Asian Tour.
He attributed his fitness regime and yoga for keeping him in top shape as he enters a new season.
“During the off season, I did my fitness with my local trainer and also did my yoga. I’ve been doing yoga when I’m back home. I’m very serious on that. It’s given me more flexibility and mobility. When I wake up, I don’t feel tightness in my body which is good,” he said.
Park, who is winless on Tour, shot seven birdies to move up the leaderboard.
“Everything has been going good the first two days. It’s a matter of whether it can hold up or not. Today, I just holed a lot of putts. Yesterday I couldn’t make anything. That’s where the difference is. When you hole putts from everywhere, it makes golf easier,” said the 40-year-old.
“I’ve not done anything different to prepare for 2014. Just played some social rounds and chill. I have been playing well in the second half of last year. I didn’t have much to work on and took it easy
“I’ve had a lot of my best finishes have been around here. A lot of top-10s but a lot of bad rounds here too. If you’re not hitting it good, this course just eats you up.”
Rominger used an eagle on the first hole to set him up for his career low round at the Delhi course as he improved by nine shots from his opening round’s effort.
“I started off well with eagle on the first and that kept me going. From there on, it was quite easy. I didn’t look like I was going to make a bogey. It was one of those days,” said Rominger, who finished top-40 in the Qualifying School last month to earn his playing rights.
“I always come back, so I must enjoy DGC after playing it so many times. Finally, I’ve got a good round here. It’s definitely my best here.”
Lahiri was delighted to put in a bogey-free card which he sprinkled with six birdies, including two birdies from 25 and 30 feet at the 14th and third holes after starting the day from the back nine. He thanked his caddie for jolting him into action after Wednesday’s uneventful 70.
“I’m happy with how I played. I can only control what I can do. At least I’ve given myself a chance. I need to stay in this form for the next two days if I am to challenge for the title. I’m happy as least I can have a sniff in the last two days,” said Lahiri, who will also represent Asia in the EurAsia Cup after finishing career high third on the Merit list.
“Yesterday, I was a little rusty. Although I’ve played in a few events, my caddie was telling me I haven’t been in the same frame of mind as I’ve been in the last few Asian Tour events. I’m feeling like I’m in the right frame of mind going into the weekend now. He’s been on my bag for a while and it helps when there is a good rapport,” said the 26-year-old.