Thursday October 25, 2012
‘Woods of Bangladesh’ finally gets chance to meet the man
ASIAN Tour regular Siddikur Rahman, nicknamed the “Tiger Woods of Bangladesh”, will finally get his chance to meet the man himself when the CIMB Classic tees off today.
Woods, a 14-time Major champion, will headline the US$6.1mil tournament which former ball boy Siddikur, one of the great success stories on the Asian Tour, has competed in since the event was inaugurated at the Mines Resort and Golf Club in 2010.
Like all Asian Tour golfers Siddikur is also hoping to be paired with Tiger at the CIMB Classic.
“I’m hoping to play one round with him.
“It doesn’t matter which round it is! It’s always been a dream of mine to play with Tiger Woods,” said Siddikur, who finished tied 11th in 2010 edition.
“When I was a beginner 14 or 15 years ago, I had a dream and it was to play with Tiger.
“I’m excited that it might come true this week.”
Siddikur has come a long way since the days of playing with a makeshift seven iron head attached to an iron rod.
He became the first Bangladeshi to win on the Asian Tour when he clinched the Brunei Open two years ago and has featured in the top-10 of the Order of Merit in the past two seasons.
Currently 10th on the rankings, the straight-shooting Siddikur, who is adored by the golfing fraternity back home, aims to upstage the elite field this week after enjoying a week’s break to rest a sore back.
“I’m feeling much better. It was very painful during the third and fourth rounds of the Macau Open (two weeks ago).
“I felt a bit of pain earlier in the week but it feels much better now. I had to withdraw from India because I wasn’t feeling too good.
“I needed a lot of rest and I’m feeling better now,” said the 27-year-old Bangladeshi.