Golfing Champion Siddikur Rahman
Born in Bangladesh on 20 November 1984, and currently resident in the capital city of Dhaka, Mohammad Siddikur Rahman is a professional golfer participating in the Asian PGA Tour. Played in Malaysia on Sunday 10 July 2011, the Negeri Sembilan Masters Invitational was won by Siddikur Rahman as he fired an eagle on the final hole of the game. Starting the fourth day of play three strokes behind Malaysian Airil Rizman, who was in the lead at the end of day three, Siddikur fired a seven under 65 claiming a four-shot victory over Danny Chia of Malaysia. In addition to the satisfaction of winning a championship game, Siddikur takes home the prize money of RM78,750.
With its administration in Singapore, the Asian Tour is Asia’s principal professional golf tour for men. The first season of the Asian Tour was played in 1995 and it has become well-established as a prestigious tournament with strong competition between world-class players. Host countries for the Asian Tour tournaments include Brunei, Cambodia, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Philippines.
Other tournaments won by Siddikur include the 2010 Brunei Open; 2011 Grameenphone Bangladesh Masters; 2008 PGTI Players Championship; 2008 HUDA-GTPL Unitech Haryana Open; 2009 Global Green Bangalore Open; and 2010 American Express Bangladesh Open.
In a 2009 interview, Siddikur revealed that, in an effort to fund his studies, he had been working as a ball-boy at the Kurmitola Golf Club in his home country of Bangladesh. He started to become interested in the game and realized that he had potential to play competitively. Now instead of being the ball boy at the club, he is an honorary member. When asked what keeps him at the top of his game, Siddikur noted that he could, and sometimes would, become quite upset at a bad shot, so it was important for him to control what he called his “mental game”. Siddikur stated that he enjoys the challenge of playing on the Asian Tour, which has an extremely tough Qualifying School. He also revealed that his ultimate goal would be to compete on the US PGA Tour – and with his talent and plenty of hard work, that goal may very well become a reality.