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Mohd. Siddikur Rahman.
Mohd. Siddikur Rahman.

Special Correspondent.

BANGALORE: There was no stopping Mohd. Siddikur Rahman. The pro from Dhaka, bagged his third title on the Aircel PGTI circuit when he shot a one-under-par 71 to win The Global Green Bangalore Open by one stroke at the Karnataka Golf Association course on Saturday.

Siddikur, who led from round two, topped the board totalling eight under 280 for the event. He has now climbed from 20th to seventh spot on the Aircel PGTI Order of Merit with this victory which also fetched him a winner’s purse of Rs. 4,84,950. Ranjit Singh, who was close on the heels of Siddikur, finished second with a stroke behind with a total of seven under 281.

Keen contest

In a keenly-contested final round, Siddikur Rahman (71, 69, 69, 71) warded off a stiff challenge from Ranjit and Anirban Lahiri, staying well focussed on the task. Siddikur began on a high note as he birdied the first by converting a 15- feet putt. He seemed to be pulling away from Ranjit and Anirban when he made his second birdie of the day on the sixth with the help of a 20-feet putt. Siddikur then came up with some excellent par saves on the 11th, 12th and 13th to maintain his lead on the back nine. On the 13th, his long shot from the bunker from 20 yards out landed just six inches short of the pin. He simply hung on to his lead over the final stretch with pars on the 14th, 15th 16th and 17th. He closed with a bogey on the 18th, but still managed to finish one stroke ahead of Ranjit Singh.

Pleased

“I am really pleased with my consistent performance here and did not allow the pressure get to me though my rivals threatened to catch up with me at one stage,” said Siddikur.`` The victory here has given me the confidence for the forthcoming events”, he added.

Ranjit (70, 71, 69, 71) made four birdies against three bogeys on the final day. He secured birdies on the third, eighth, ninth and 11th as a result of hitting it very close. His best shot came from 20 yards out on the 11th, where his ball came up one foot short of the hole.

Ranjit said, “I struggled with my club selection on the first seven holes as I could not read the wind but then I picked up momentum from the eighth hole onwards. I felt I had an opportunity to catch up with Siddikur on the back nine but I missed some short putts on the 14th and 16th.”

Bangalore’s Anirban Lahiri (72, 70, 70, 71) secured third place with a total of five under 283. C. Muniyappa , also of Bangalore, who carded the best score of the event with a four under par 68 in the final round, was a further stroke behind in fourth place with four under par 284 and Shamim Khan of Delhi secured the fifth spot with two under 286.

The final scores ( top five): 1. Siddikur Rahman (Bangladesh) 280 (71, 69, 69, 71); 2. Ranjit Singh 281 (70, 71, 69, 71); 3. Anirbhan Lahiri 283 (72, 70, 70, 71); 4. C. Muinyappa 284 (71, 72, 73, 68);.5. Shamim Khan 286 (71, 74, 71, 70).

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