WC: Siddikur pays for errant shots

Thu 21 Nov 2013

WC: Siddikur pays for errant shots

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Melbourne, VIC, November 21: Two poor swings cost Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman from a sweeter debut at the US$8 million ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf as he opened with a two-over-par 73 at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Thursday.
Siddikur, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, ran up a triple bogey and double bogey on the 12th and 13th holes but fought back with birdies on 14 and 18 to end the day in tied 32nd position.
American Kevin Streelman and Dane Thomas Bjorn share the first round lead with 66s in the individual category.
The first player from Bangladesh to qualify for the World Cup of Golf, Siddikur said he was happy with his comeback after dropping five shots over two holes.
“I had two bad shots which cost me. Pushed my driver on 12 for a triple bogey and then hit another bad shot on 13 for a double. After that, I had a good come back. I just have to make sure I don’t make the same mistakes tomorrow. My hitting and putting were good, except for those two shots. Three days to go, so no need to worry about the cut,” said Siddikur.
He arrived in Royal Melbourne in good form after winning his second Asian Tour title at the Hero Indian Open a fortnight ago. But a first experience at Royal Melbourne, rated as one of the best sandbelt courses in Australia, has proven to be a real challenge.
The lightning quick putting surfaces have thrown him off balance but Siddikur reckons he is slowly coming to grips with the slick greens after missing the cut in last week’s Australian Masters which was also held at Royal Melbourne.
“My putts were good. I felt comfortable on the greens after learning more on the greens. This morning when we started, there was not much wind but it has kind of picked up.
“On this course, you need to hit it to the centre of the green and hit a lot of fairways. You can’t play for the pins as it rolls some 15 or 20 yards on the greens. You have to respect the golf course, otherwise you won’t be able to make a score,” said Siddikur.
He nearly pulled off a grandstand finish when an approach shot into the par four 18th green stopped just short of falling into the cup for eagle.
“Best shot of the day was on 18,” smiled Siddikur. “I had 205 yards to the pin and it almost went in for eagle. It stopped six inches short. I hit my rescue club straight at the pin. It was the best shot of the day and it left a smile on my face.”
About ISPS
ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo.  ISPS was founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.  ISPS has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.  ISPS’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa’s interest and philanthropic contribution in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport. Visit www.ispsgolf.com
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About the International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – The European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organisation, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis.  As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999.  The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999, while the Canadian Tour and the Tour de las Americas joined the Federation as associate members in 2000 and 2007, respectively.
In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.
About the International Golf Association
The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956.  IGA is governed by its seven-member Board of Directors.  Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman.  Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2013 return of the World Cup to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, one of the world’s greatest golf venues.
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