Siddikur rues silly mistakes

Fri 27 Sep 2013

Siddikur rues silly mistakes

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Osaka, September 27: Siddikur carded a second successive even-par 71 on Friday to give himself a fighting chance to shoot up the leaderboard during the weekend rounds of the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open.
The Bangladeshi traded five birdies against five bogeys in an eventful second day and was left feeling disappointed that he did not take advantage of the ideal scoring conditions at the Ibaraki Country Club.
“To be honest, it was an easy day but I didn’t take advantage of it. It was a long day for me and it was a real rollercoaster ride because I shot five birdies, five bogeys and eight pars!” said Siddikur.
“I had a good chance to have a good score but I made many silly mistakes even after finding the centre of the fairway,”
Siddikur, the first Bangladeshi to play and win on the Asian Tour, reckons that he would be sitting atop the leaderboard if did not slip back due to silly mistakes at the Y150 million (approximately US$1.48 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
“I’m hitting the ball very good this week and my game has come back. I’m happy that I’m hitting the shots that I want. My swing is also in good shape so let’s see where the weekend takes me.
“I need to stop making silly mistakes! I made a few up-and-downs but if I didn’t make those silly mistakes, I think I would be way up on the leaderboard,” added Siddikur, who totalled even-par 142.
Currently ranked 17th on the Order of Merit, Siddikur has a battling chance to qualify for the CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions in China. He will need to finish inside the top-10 on the Merit list as of October 7 and secure a top position on the Order of Merit by October 14 to qualify for the WGC-HSBC Champions.
“I’m not thinking about the CIMB Classic or WGC-HSBC Champions. I just want to concentrate on getting back to my best form. I’m very close to achieving that. It will be exceptional if I can qualify for those two big events but right now I just want to improve my game. If I play well, then the results will come,” he said.
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