Super Siddikur soars at #HIO2015

Fri 20 Feb 2015

Super Siddikur soars at #HIO2015

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Delhi, February 20: Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh gave himself a lifeline in his title defence after closing with two birdies for a three-under-par 68 in the on-going second round of the Hero Indian Open on Friday.
The two-time Asian Tour winner, who was tied with four players after day one, raced ahead with six birdies to seize the clubhouse lead on nine-under-par 133 at the US$1.5 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Joint overnight leaders Chapchai Nirat and Joakim Lagergren of Sweden fired identical 71s to trail Siddikur by three shots at the Delhi Golf Club.
Home favourite Anirban Lahiri recovered from an opening 73 by equalling the week’s low round of 65 courtesy of two chip-in birdies. He is currently tied for sixth place alongside Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand, who aced the par-three fifth hole.
With numerous players snapping at his heels, the Bangladeshi was delighted to bounce back from a double bogey on the fourth hole by nailing a closing eight-footer birdie on the challenging 445-yard par fourth ninth hole.
“I was a little bit disappointed with my double bogey because I had a good number of birdies. The ninth hole is very difficult but I hit a good five wood for my second shot and it landed eight feet from the hole. I always play for par on the ninth hole,” said Siddikur.
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
“On hole number four, I missed my shot and had to settle for double bogey. It shows that anything can happen on this golf course. I don’t want to think about my back injury. I rather think about my win here in 2013,” explained the Bangladeshi, who injured his back last year.
An in-form Lahiri, who won the Maybank Malaysian Open two weeks ago, overcame a stiff back and sore shoulder to produce another battling display at the Delhi course where he won three Asian Tour titles.
“Now I’m in with a sniff. I managed to get some rhythm on the greens and made some good putts. I’m happy that I fought back hard after yesterday’s disappointment. I’ve been fighting a very stiff back and sore shoulder. I’m going to continue to fight,” said Lahiri.
“You got to keep it on the fairways and it is easier said than done especially when the wind starts to pick up. Whoever can keep the ball in play the most will probably walk away with a big smile,” added the 27-year-old.
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