Bangladeshi star Siddikur Rahman is determined to bury his play-off defeat in India on Saturday by helping Team Asia hoist the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM title later this month.
Siddikur was locked in regulation play with Rashid Khan of India on 18-under-par 270 at the demanding Delhi Golf Club but his decision to play it safe on the first play-off hole cost him his third Asian Tour victory at the SAIL-SBI Open presented by Incredible India.
He admits that he must adopt a more aggressive style of play at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM when he goes up against Team Europe in the match-play format at the Gardens Course at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club from March 27 to 29.
“It was a good play-off. I played my game but I should have used mydriver more. I used my three-wood which wasn’t sufficient in the play-off for birdie. I have used three-wood in the first four rounds and made birdie there but not in the play-off,” lamented Siddikur.
Siddikur is one of the most consistent players on the Asian Tour, having finished inside the top-10 on the Order of Merit three times out of four seasons. In 2013, he enjoyed a career high third placing on the Merit list highlighted by one victory and seven top-10s.
Despite his defeat, Siddikur believes his sharp-shooting game and dazzling skills on and around the greens will give Team Asia the extra edge against Team Europe.
“It’s going to help me for the EurAsia Cup. I have played twice in the Indian circuit the past few weeks and I think it’ll help me in the EurAsia Cup. The way I’m hitting the ball now, I’m quite happy. My short game is going good and I hope to help Team Asia.
“I made some mistakes (at the SAIL-SBI Open) because I couldn’t hole my putts from 10 feet. I missed some chances and if I had holed some, I could have won. But it’s okay, there has to be a winner and a loser,” he explained.
Asia will be represented by Asian Tour number one Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, Siddikur, India’s Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar, who all finished as the leading four Asian players on the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Korea’s Kim Hyung-sung and Japanese duo Koumei Oda and Hideto Tanihara earned their places through the Official World Golf Ranking while Nicholas Fung of Malaysia was named earlier as a captain’s pick, followed by Prayad Marksaeng and playing captain Thongchai.
Spanish great Jimenez is the playing captain for Team Europe which will include Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who finished runner-up in the recent WGC-Accenture Match Play, Jamie Donaldson of Wales, Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, Dutchman Joost Luiten and Scotsman Stephen Gallacher. Jimenez’s captain’s picks are countrymen Pablo Larrazabal and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen.
Tickets for the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM are available for purchase via online and hotline. Golf fans can purchase tickets on www.ticketpro.com.my
or call +603 7880 7999 for further details.
Tickets are priced as follow: Day 1 RM78, Day 2 RM78, Day 3 RM78 and Season Ticket RM158. Entry is free for children under the age of 16. Entry is free to all on March 26, Wednesday which is the pro-am day.
Each ticket will include a voucher for a free EurAsia Cup team cap. This can be redeemed on site at the EurAsia Cup at the Official Merchandise shop at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
The format of play for the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM will see five fourball matches being played on the first day (March 27, Thursday) followed by five foursomes matches on day two (March 28, Friday) and 10 singles matches on the final day (March 29, Saturday) at Glenmarie’s Garden course.
The EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. Professional Golf Malaysia (PGM) will act as the local facilitator for the event.