Siddikur ready to roar again in India

Wed 05 Nov 2014

Siddikur ready to roar again in India

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New Delhi, November 5: Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh will return to competitive golf at the Panasonic Open India after being side-lined by an injury which hospitalised him for 15 days.
The two-time Asian Tour winner injured his back (fourth and fifth lumbar disc compressing against a nerve) in June and was on the road to recovery before aggravating the injury at the European Masters in Switzerland in September.
The popular Bangladeshi is thankful to be back on the Asian Tour and contending in this week’s US$300,000 event, which starts on Thursday, against a stellar field including title holder Wade Ormsby of Australia and Indian star S.S.P. Chowrasia of India at the Delhi Golf Club.
“Unfortunately I got injured but that’s part of life. I’m very happy to return to one of my favourite golf courses. Last year during the same week, I won the Indian Open here, so I have great memories here and I’m looking forward to it,” said Siddikur.
Wade Ormsby of Australia Wade Ormsby of Australia
He felt pain in his lower back in June after exercising in the gym but the pain became unbearable in the cold conditions in Switzerland which forced him to retire from the tournament.
Upon his return to Bangladesh, he was hospitalised for 15 days but has recovered significantly by doing yoga and physiotherapy regularly.
“I’m feeling better but I’m not expecting anything this week. I just want to play my own game. I’m still concerned about my back. I’m feeling better day by day because of yoga. I have to really strengthen my back or I might get injured,” he explained.
After playing in over 200 events without winning, Ormsby, ranked 32nd on the Order of Merit, is excited at the prospect of defending his Panasonic Open India title.
“It is always good to come back to the place where you won your first title. I’ve never won before so this is a whole new set of feelings for me. It is a good golf course and my game is feeling good so it is nice to have a legitimate crack at it again,”
After missing only three cuts in 23 appearances in Asia and Europe this year, Ormsby will rely on his sharp shooting game to steer clear from trouble at the tree-lined Delhi course.
S.S.P Chowrasia of India S.S.P Chowrasia of India
“Yeah I hit driver three times around here. That’s how I play at Delhi. I’m a relatively straight hitter but I don’t want to jinx myself,” he laughed.
Home favourite Chowrasia, whose two Asian Tour victories were on home soil, hopes to produce another winning performance at the Delhi course. A son of a greenskeeper, Chowrasia claimed a memorable triumph in the 2008 Indian Masters at the same venue.
“I have good memories here and I always think about the winning memory to play well here. My confidence is good at the moment and I will try my best to win,” said Chowrasia.
He believes it will be a level playing field this week as the Indians have lost their home advantage at the Delhi Golf Club.
“Now, everyone knows about Delhi Golf Club and they are more comfortable playing here. So I don’t think the Indians have an advantage anymore but I’ll try my best to play as good as I can,” said the Indian, nicknamed "Chipputtsia" because of his superb short game.
Thai rising star Jazz Janewattananond will play ‘fearless’ golf as he aims to challenge for a first Asian Tour title at the Panasonic Open India.
“I want to go for it and not to be too scared. The golf course doesn’t scare me but you have to be careful here. I played well here before because I just aimed for the fairways. This year I will try to do the same,” said the 19-year-old Jazz.
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
The 2014 Panasonic Open India, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGTI, is staged in its fourth straight year. Past winners include India’s Anirban Lahiri and Digvijay Singh.
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