European Open: Siddik finishes 3rd

Staff Correspondent
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017


Ace golfer Siddikur Rahman ended the prestigious European Tour event Porsche European Open in the third position after the end of the final day at Hamburg, Germany on July 30.


“It was a really great day. I could never have expected this day today, but I was very fortunate,” he told reporters. “My hitting was good, especially my putting was really, really good all four days. “I’m really happy, especially with today’s round.”


Siddik had a very bogey-free last day when he made four birdies to score four-under-par 68 to finish his total on 11-under-par 277, just two short of champion Jordan Smith of England.


He almost made a mess of the par-five 18th hole after an errant tee shot and a second that found the hazard, but he pulled himself together to grab a miraculous par and stay in the tie for third. “I knew I couldn’t get there in two, so had to take three. So I told myself, ‘no problem, let’s go for three’… But unfortunately the second shot was a little left and in the hazard,” he said. “But I told myself, ‘there’s still a long way to go, one good shot, one good putt, no problem’.


“The fourth shot was really good, it was very crowded and I was really inspired by the clapping. Afterwards that putt was memorable, I made that and it was very wonderful.”


Smith tied with French golfer Alexandar Levy, champion of last year’s edition, in the same score before winning the title on the second hole of the play-off to clinch the 2-million dollar prize money tournament.


Swedish Golfer Johan Edfor, who scored two-under-par 70 on the last day also ended on 11-under-par 277, finished jointly third with Siddik.


Siddik, the two-time Asian Tour winner, had some track records of messing things in the last day that also saw him missing the championship of his debut European Tour at Mauritius last year and a couple of Asian Tour tournaments. But the 32-year old, who started jointly at 10th position on the last day, had a faultless last day at the Green Eagle Golf Course.


He scored three birdies at hole number four, seven and nine to end the halfway stage strongly, giving him a chance of achieving his greatest ever golfing glory. He added on more birdie on the 12th hole before finishing the remaining hole with pars. When he ended his rounds he was sitting on top jointly with Smith and Lavy. But they had three more holes to go and each of them scored two birdies on those holes to surpass Siddik.


But despite that Siddik, whose progress in the recent tournaments was blocked by a back injury, would improve his current world ranking of 394 and earn a substantial amount of prize money.


Siddik scored two-under-par 70 on the first day at Hamburg before making a dazzling six-under par 66 on the second day to be placed at the second position though he squandered that on the third day with a poor one-over-par 73.

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