Siddikur Secures Historic Win

Sun 01 Aug 2010

Siddikur Secures Historic Win


Bandar Seri Begawan, August 1: Siddikur became the first Bangladeshi to win on the Asian Tour after defeating South Africa’s Jbe Kruger in a nerve-racking play-off at the Brunei Open on Sunday.

Siddikur secured his historic career breakthrough with a par on the first extra hole as Kruger missed a 10-foot putt on the par four 18th hole at the Empire Hotel and Country Club.

The unheralded man from Dhaka, who was the co-overnight leader, had earlier bogeyed the last hole in regulation play for a four-under-par 67 to slip into the play-off with Kruger who established the clubhouse target of 16-under-par 268 in the US$300,000 full field Asian Tour tournament.

Filipino Juvic Pagunsan secured third place after a sizzling 64 for 269 while India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar, last year’s runner-up, was a stroke back in 270. English duo Nick Redfern and Simon Griffiths shared fifth place on 271 while Malaysia’s Ben Leong, tied for the third round lead with Siddikur, finished a disappointing tied 10th after a closing 73.

“It is very exciting. I’m the first Bangladeshi to play on the Asian Tour and in the two years that I’m on Tour, I have won a tournament. It is unbelievable,” said Siddikur, who earned his Tour card from Qualifying School in 2009.

“I didn’t expect to win. Thankfully, everything in my game clicked and I was able to win,” added Siddikur.

As a boy, he grew up from humble beginnings and worked as a ball boy in a Dhaka golf club to pay for his school fees. He learned the game by fashioning his first golf club with a seven iron head on a piece of metal rod.

Siddikur showed signs of a breakthrough at the Queen’s Cup in Thailand in June where he was in contention before settling for a career first top-10 on the Asian Tour, the region’s elite professional circuit.

“I hope to inspire more people to take up the game of golf in Bangladesh. This is a good victory for me and my country,” said Siddikur.

Siddikur, who shot a hole in one in the second round, got off to a strong start when he brilliantly eagled the par four first hole followed by birdies on two, four and 13. His only blemish came on the last hole when he failed to sink a 15 feet putt for the outright victory.

A battling Kruger, playing in the penultimate group behind Siddikur, charged up the leaderboard when he brilliantly turned in 30 but posted a double bogey on the 11th hole before battling back with birdies on 12 and 17 to set the clubhouse mark.

The diminutive South African, who claimed his best Asian Tour finish, was disappointed to finish second but was gracious in defeat. “It is always disappointing when you lose in a play-off but to finish second is a good result in any tournament. I feel that I’m getting better and I’m confident of landing my first win in Asia soon,” said Kruger.

Pagunsan claimed his second successive top-10 finish on the Asian Tour and credited his hot putter after sinking seven birdies.

“I think I could have gone lower. My putting was very good. I have always performed well on this golf course and I hope that my next Asian Tour victory will come soon,” said Pagunsan, who made 25 putts today.

Final round scores

268 - Siddikur (BAN) 64-67-70-67, Jbe Kruger (RSA) 66-68-68-66

269 - Juvic Pagunsan (PHI) 70-64-71-64

270 - Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND) 69-68-68-65

271 - Simon Griffiths (ENG) 68-68-67-68, Nick Redfern (ENG) 70-66-67-68

272 - Adam Blyth (AUS) 67-68-67-70

273 - Lin Wen-tang (TPE) 68-68-66-71, Pariya Junhasavasdikul (THA) 70-70-65-68

274 - Ben Leong (MAS) 70-64-67-73, Zhang Lian-wei (CHN) 71-65-68-70

Darren Beck (AUS) 68-69-68-69, Atthaphon Prathummanee (THA) 71-70-64-69

275 - Anirban Lahiri (IND) 70-67-66-72, Oscar Fraustro (MEX) 68-70-72-65

276 - Unho Park (AUS) 71-70-66-69, Lee Sung (KOR) 65-74-70-67, Scott Barr (AUS) 67-74-70-65

277 - Guido Van Der Valk (NED) 68-69-69-71, Namchoak Tantipokakul (THA) 70-68-68-71

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About the 2010 Brunei Open

The Brunei Open is celebrating its sixth edition this year following its historic launch in 2005. The Championship is organized by Brunei Tourism under the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and will once again be staged at the award-winning The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Asia’s Ultimate Golf, Spa & Family Beach Resort which is a Jack Nicklaus signature course.

The Brunei Open 2010 sponsors are Brunei Shell Petroleum Sdn Bhd (Title Sponsor), The Empire Hotel and Country Club (Host Venue and Official Hotel) and is also sponsored by Srixon (Official Ball), Fenix (Official Apparel), CityNeon (Official Contractor), Canon (Official Photography Equipment), DST Group Sdn Bhd (Official Telecommunications Provider), Inetol Headwears (Official Headwear) Borneo Landscaping & Grassing (BLG) and 100 Plus (Official Sports Drink).

The Brunei Open is sanctioned by the Asian Tour, which is the governing body for professional tournament golf in Asia.

About Brunei

Brunei Darussalam, a peaceful and wealthy kingdom on the northern shores of Borneo, is known for having one of the most pristine tropical rainforest environments anywhere, as well as for the pomp and opulence of its centuries old monarchy, steeped in ancient Malay traditions. With easy international direct access through its Royal Brunei Airlines carrier and other regional airlines, and with an up-market product and image appealing to discerning travelers, Brunei is an exciting and safe new destination waiting to be discovered. (

About Brunei Shell Petroleum

“Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP), a dynamic, world-class company and one of the biggest energy companies in Asia, have a long standing history in Brunei of more than 75 years and are at the leading edge of energy technology putting the safety and environment at the heart of everything and invests in the people and community of Brunei.

About the Asian Tour

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia.  This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions Provider), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Royal Selangor (Official Trophy Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Pan Pacific (Official Hotel), BlackBerry (Official Mobile) and Srixon (Official Ball).