After a scintillating finish at the Porsche European Open in Hamburg earlier this week, Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman will be among more familiar territories when he tees off at the TAKE Solutions Masters in Banglaore, India today.
The two-time Asian Tour winner earned a hefty paycheque of 112,600 euros in the Porsche Open, thanks to a third-place finish, which also saw his world ranking jump 110 places from previous 394th.
However, since that was an event sanctioned solely by the European Tour, that performance didn’t have an impact on Siddikur’s native tour, the Asian Tour, where he currently stands 17th in the Order of Merit.
Hence the 32-year-old golfer will be especially keen on doing well in this 300,000-dollar event. The prize purse on offer may not be comparable to European Tour events, but there will be less number of international stars in Bangalore, hence Siddikur will have brightened his chance of breaking his Asian Tour drought this week.
The Bangladesh golfer hasn’t won a title in this circuit since the Hero Indian Open triumph in November 2013, and he will be hoping his excellent form and renewed confidence helps him overcome that mental barrier.
He will, however, face challenge from quite a few top Indian stars including SSP Chawrasia, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Shiv Kapur and Asian Tour stalwarts like Jeev Milkha Singh and Mardan Mamat.