Dhaka: Local lad Md. Siddikur Rahman and India’s Feroz Ali Mollah shot an identical six under 66 to share the lead on the first day of the American Express Bangladesh Open 2012 played at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka. Another Indian golfer Vijay Kumar carded an impressive four under 68.
Md. Siddikur Rahman, the first Bangladeshi to win a title on the Asian Tour, picked up his first birdie of the day on the third hole where he made a tricky chip-putt from the left of the green. He then played an extraordinary bunker shot to earn a birdie on the fifth. After collecting another birdie on the seventh, the 27-year-old made eagle-birdie on the 10th and 11th to take his score to six under for the day.
Siddikur, playing on his home course, hit a near-perfect second shot from 120 yards to make eagle on the par-4 10th. The only blemish on his card was the bogey on the 12th. Rahman, the 2010 Bangladesh Open champion, hit an excellent drive on the 14th to set up his final birdie of the day. He thus finished the day with a splendid 66.
“My driving and hitting were excellent today. I also hit some great chip shots, especially on the third, fifth and 14th. My best shot of the day was the second shot on the 10th that led to an eagle,” said Siddikur, who claimed eighth place on the 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
He added, “The course is in great condition as the fairways and greens are playing very well. I have the advantage of local knowledge on this course and I will look to capitalize on that. I’m highly motivated to do well at this event as this is my national open. I’ll try my best to live up to the expectations of the home crowd.”
Feroz Ali Mollah played a bogey free round to be the joint leader after round one. Feroz, a former Indian Open champion, sank six birdies on Tuesday. Mollah made a couple of fantastic up and downs from the bunker for birdies on the 14th and fifth and converted a 30-footer for birdie on the 16th.
Feroz, said, “My hitting is in great shape at the moment. I grabbed most of the opportunities that came my way today except for a couple of eagle chances. Importantly, I’ve had some match practice in the last three weeks in Thailand and therefore have been in touch with the game despite the season-end break on the PGTI.”
Vijay Kumar was placed third at four under 68. His round featured five birdies and a bogey.
Bangladesh golfers Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Md Babu Ahmed are in joint fourth along with Delhi’s Vikrant Chopra at one under 71.
By Indian Sports News Network