Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden:

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Dhaka, May 12: Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski secured an inspiring victory after closing with a six-under-par 65 to win by three shots for his first Asian Tour title at the AB Bank Bangladesh Open on Saturday.

Kokocinski, a regular on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) where he leads the current Order of Merit, overturned a three-shot deficit after returning with his best efforts of the week to cap a winning total of 14-under-par 270 at the Kurmitola Golf Club.

The 26-year-old Kokocinski, who is based in Thailand, takes home a winner’s prize purse of US$54,000, courtesy of his breakthrough win on the Asian Tour, which also marked his second professional victory since joining the play-for-pay ranks in 2012.

Overnight leader Jack Harrison of England endured two closing bogeys for a 71, settling for a share of second place with fellow Qualifying School graduate Ben Campbell of New Zealand, who carded a 69, in the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.

American John Catlin capped back-to-back top-10 finishes on the region’s premier Tour after closing with a 66 to finish five shots back in tied-fourth place with Zamal Hossain Mollah, who emerged as the highest-ranked local player following a 69.

The Bangladesh Open welcomed a new title sponsor in AB Bank, leading bank in Bangladesh, in its fourth consecutive edition on the Asian Tour this week. The highly-acclaimed Kurmitola Golf Club, which hosted two other events on the ADT this season, continues to provide top-class hospitality as the home of the Bangladesh’s National Open.

Did you know?

  • Malcolm Kokocinski is the second Swede to win in three weeks on the Asian Tour, following Alexander Bjork at the Volvo China Open.
  • Kokocinski also became the third consecutive first-time winner at the Bangladesh Open, following Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong and Jazz Janewattananond in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
  • Kokocinski missed only three fairways and needed only 25 putts on the greens for his closing round of 65.
  • After missing the mark at the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier in January, Kokocinski returned to ply his trade on the ADT and has enjoyed a superb season on the secondary circuit, although without a win.
  • The 26-year-old Swede leads the current ADT Order of Merit with a season’s haul of US$25,026, thanks to five top-10s in six starts this season.
  • He claimed two of his five top-10s on the ADT at the Kurmitola Golf Club. He came in runner-up at the Dhaka Open in January and finished tied-third at the BTI Open two weeks ago.
  • Kokocinski becomes the seventh player following American Berry Henson, Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei, Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert and Poom Saksansin, as well as Malaysian duo Gavin Green and Nicholas Fung, to win on the Asian Tour after enjoying successes on the ADT, which was inaugurated as the gateway to the Asian Tour in 2010.
  • Kokocinski missed the cut in his first attempt at the Bangladesh Open in 2015. He finished tied-14th in 2016 and did not play in the last edition.
  • Kokocinski first came to Asia in 2013 where he played on the ADT after failing to make the mark at the Asian Tour Qualifying School. He came through the Qualifying School for the first time after finishing fifth in 2016 but failed to retain his card for the following season after ending the season in 71st place on the Order of Merit.
  • His best finish on the Asian Tour, prior to his breakthrough win, came at the 2016 Shinhan Donghae Open where he came in tied-fourth.
  • Jack Harrison secured his Asian Tour card for the 2018 season after finishing tied-15th at the Asian Tour Qualifying School, which was played over five rounds (90 holes) across two courses in Thailand earlier in January. It was his second attempt at the Qualifying School since 2013.
  • Harrison, who turned professional in 2011, is playing in his first start as an Asian Tour rookie this week. He also plays on the Sunshine Tour, where he enjoyed a tied-sixth place finish at the Cape Town Open in February.
  • Like Harrison, Ben Campbell also came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier in January to earn his card for the 2018 season. It was his first time making the mark in four attempts since 2011.
  • The 26-year-old Campbell is making his third start on the Asian Tour this season but playing in his first attempt at the Bangladesh Open this week.
  • John Catlin is a two-time winner on the ADT. He finished third on the 2017 ADT Order of Merit to earn his Asian Tour card for the 2018 season.
  • Zamal Hossain Mollah is playing on his home course this week. He secured his best ever result in his National Open after finishing tied-fourth this week. His previous best result was a tied-seventh place finish in 2016.

Players’ quotes:

Malcolm Kokocinski (Swe) – Final round 65 (-6), Total 270 (-14)

This win means a lot to me. I don’t have a status on the Asian Tour before this week so I am really pleased with how I played here to win. I have been playing well the last couple of months. I knew my game was good so I just had stick to my game plan and hit some good shots coming down the stretch.

I stayed patient out there. I was playing well all week so I knew a good round will come sooner or later. It was a big putt for me on the last hole. I knew Harrison was on -13 after looking at the leaderboard coming down the 18th. I’m glad I pulled off the putt. This will give me a lot of confidence for the future. The goal now is to win more trophies!

It’s really nice to perform under pressure. I knew a birdie on the last would put me up there. I wasn’t really thinking about winning. I was just focused on hitting good strokes to give myself a chance. I played in the last group for the first time on the Asian Tour yesterday and I didn’t play as good as I did today. I had a lot of lip-outs yesterday.

I guess playing in the second last group today helps lessen the pressure a bit. I am very happy with how I performed this week. I have been getting a lot of encouragements from my peers out here around the golf course this week as well as the members and staff of the club.

It was nice to be back at the Kurmitola Golf Club this week. This is my third time here this year. I came twice earlier for the ADT events and I played very well. That experience has definitely given me a lot of advantage and confidence.

Coming to play on the Asian Tour didn’t feel very different from playing on the ADT actually. I knew I was playing well so I just wanted to play my own game and not think about anything else. It’s been a great week. The people are very friendly here.

I went back to the Qualifying School earlier this year but didn’t make the grade so I went to play on the ADT. I have had some good results on the ADT so I decided to stay in Asia and see what the year has to offer. My experiences from playing on the ADT has helped a lot. I have been in these situations before so I knew I had to focus on my shots to get the job done. I’m glad I pull in off this time.

I would like to dedicate my win to my best friend Colin, who just had a new baby, and my parents back home, who are very happy for me, and all my friends. It’s been a couple of years in Asia. I have enjoyed all the travelling. The ADT is a good platform for me to get onto the Asian Tour and from the Asian Tour, I have more opportunities to get on the bigger Tours as well.

I am from Sweden but both my parents are from Poland. I started playing golf when I was 10 years old. I went to college in the United States and then came here to play on the Asian Tour in 2013 and I’ve been here since then.

Ben Campbell (Nzl) – Final round 69 (-2), Total 273 (-11)

It’s a great finish. I came into the week thinking I might be able to complete the tournament as I had a back injury. So to finish joint-second this week feels really good. I have a lot of positives to take out from this week. I chipped it really well.

My tee shots were good too although I lost it a little bit on the back nine. It was close and I look forward to heading to China next week for the Asia Pacific Classic. I hope to get some practice and do what I need to work on. It’s always good to get a good start to the season so I can’t complain.

I didn’t really get off to a good start today. It was tough around the greens. I knew I had to make some birdies but my chipping was good. I hit a lot of fairways too and gave myself a lot of chances.

Jack Harrison (Eng) – Final round 71 (even-par), Total 273 (-11)

I can’t complain with a tied-second place finish in my first start on the Asian Tour. A little bit disappointed for not getting the win but there is always a winner and a loser. Overall, it was a great week and I am very happy.

I was just trying to stay calm out there and I did that pretty nicely today. I kind of pushed a little bit too hard towards the end. On the 17th hole, I pulled my tee shot left to behind the trees and ended up making bogey. On the 18th, I put myself in a hopeless position to make par really.

Zamal Hossain Mollah (Ban) – Final round 69 (-2), Total 275 (-9)

I didn’t putt well today. It was disappointing. I could’ve finish way better if I had sunk a few more putts. I hit my tee shots and my second shots very good today but I wasn’t able to make putts, which was really a pity.

I was just aiming to play my best today. I was hitting it good. I couldn’t have easily post a six or seven-under-par round today if my putts had dropped. I will be happier if I can win the tournament but to finish tied-fourth for my best result in the Bangladesh Open, I’ll take it.

I have high expectations for myself this week because I’m playing on my home course. This is where I practise and hone my game. I would like to thank AB Bank for their support and also my home course Kurmitola Golf Club for their commitment in the Bangladesh Open.

Scores after round 4 of the AB Bank Bangladesh Open 2018 being played at the par 71, 6642 Yards Kurmitola Golf Club course (am – denotes amateur):

270 – Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 68-66-71-65.

273 – Ben CAMPBELL (NZL) 70-66-68-69, Jack HARRISON (ENG) 66-69-67-71.

275 – John CATLIN (USA) 67-70-72-66, Zamal Hossain MOLLAH (BAN) 69-65-72-69.

276 – Berry HENSON (USA) 69-68-71-68, Honey BAISOYA (IND) 71-67-69-69, Suttijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA) 71-64-70-71.

277 – Settee PRAKONGVECH (THA) 70-69-69-69, M DHARMA (IND) 66-71-68-72.

279 – David GLEESON (AUS) 69-73-72-65, Thammanoon SRIROJ (THA) 70-68-71-70, Mithun PERERA (LKA) 70-67-66-76.

280 – Kazuki HIGA (JPN) 68-71-73-68, Arnond VONGVANIJ (THA) 69-72-71-68, Badal HOSSAIN (BAN) 71-67-73-69, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 68-71-71-70, Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 71-66-72-71, Divyanshu BAJAJ (IND) 67-69-70-74.

281 – Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 71-72-69-69, Rashid KHAN (IND) 71-67-70-73.

282 – Kurt KITAYAMA (USA) 73-70-70-69, Chanachok DEJPIRATANAMONGKOL (THA) 73-69-71-69, Shakhawat SOHEL (BAN) 73-70-71-68, Jack WILSON (AUS) 74-69-72-67.

283 – Peradol PANYATHANASEDH (THA) 71-72-70-70, Janne KASKE (FIN) 74-67-72-70, Anura ROHANA (LKA) 69-69-74-71, Rory HIE (INA) 69-69-74-71, Paul HARRIS (USA) 70-66-75-72, Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) 72-69-70-72, Veer AHLAWAT (IND) 71-71-74-67, Lionel WEBER (FRA) 70-68-71-74.

*Check out the final standings for the 2018 AB Bank Bangladesh Open and the updated Habitat for Humanity Standings here.

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ঢাকা, ১২ মে ২০১৮ (শনিবার):- এশিয়ান ট্যুর গলফ ইভেন্ট “এবি ব্যাংক বাংলাদেশ ওপেন ২০১৮” ঢাকা সেনানিবাসস্থ কুর্মিটোলা গলফ ক্লাবে ০৯ মে ২০১৮ তারিখে শুরু হয়ে অদ্য ১২ মে ২০১৮ তারিখে শেষ হয়েছে। তিন লক্ষ ইউএস ডলার প্রাইজ মানির এই টুর্ণামেন্টে তীব্র প্রতিদ্ব›িদ্ধতাপূর্ণ খেলা উপহার দিয়ে শিরোপা জয় করেছেন সুইডেনের পেশাদার গলফার গধষপড়ষস কঙকঙঈওঘঝকও। আজ শেষ রাউন্ডে পারের চেয়ে ০৬ স্ট্রোক কম খেলে তিনি শিরোপা বিজয় নিশ্চিত করেছেন। তার চার রাউন্ডের ফলাফল যথাক্রমে ৬৮ + ৬৬ + ৭১ + ৬৫ = ২৭০ যা সর্বেমোট পারের চেয়ে ১৪ ষ্ট্রোক কম।

ইংল্যা-ের পেশাদার গলফার ঔধপশ ঐঅজজওঝঙঘ এবং নিউজিল্যা-ের ইবহ ঈঅগচইঊখখ পারের চেয়ে ১১ স্ট্রোক কম খেলে যৌথভাবে ২য় স্থান অধিকার করেছেন। বাংলাদেশের উদীয়মান পেশাদার গলফার জামাল হোসন মোল্লা এবং মার্কিন যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের ঔড়যহ ঈঅঞখওঘ পারের চেয়ে ০৯ সেট্রাক কম খেলে যৌথভাবে ৩য় স্থান অধিকার করেছেন। উল্লেখ্য যে, জামাল হোসেন মোল্লা বাংলাদেশের সেরা পেশাদার (প্রফেশনাল) গলফার নির্বাচিত হয়েছেন। বাংলাদেশের সেরা এ্যমেচার গলফার নির্বাচিত হয়েছেন মোঃ ফরহাদ ।

ঢাকা সেনানিবাসস্থ কুর্মিটোলা গলফ ক্লাবের লবির সম্মুখস্থ লনে বিকাল ৩.০০ ঘটিকায় সেনাবাহিনী প্রধান, বাংলাদেশ সেনাবাহিনী ও প্রেসিডেন্ট, বাংলাদেশ গলফ ফেডারেশন জেনারেল আবু বেলাল মুহাম্মদ শফিউল হক, এসবিপি, এনডিসি, পিএসসি প্রধান অতিথি হিসেবে উপস্থিত থেকে বিজয়ীদের মাঝে পুরস্কার বিতরণ করেন। পুরস্কার বিতরণী অনুষ্ঠানে অন্যান্যদের মাঝে আরও উপস্থিত ছিলেন বাংলাদেশ গলফ ফেডারেশনের সিনিয়র ভাইস প্রেসিডেন্ট মেজর জেনারেল এ কে এম আব্দুল্লাহিল বাকী, সেক্রেটারী জেনারেল ব্রিগেডিয়ার জেনারেল কাজী শামসুল ইসলাম, টুর্ণামেন্ট ডাইরেক্টর ব্রিগেডিয়ার জেনারেল আবিদুর রেজা খান (অবঃ), জয়েন্ট সেক্রেটারী ব্রিগেডিয়ার জেনারেল মোঃ ওবাইদুল হক (অবঃ), এবি ব্যাংক লিমিটেড এর ব্যবস্থাপনা পরিচালক জনাব মশিউর রহমান চৌধুরী এবং উপ-ব্যাবস্থাপনা পরিচালক জনাব সাজ্জাদ হোসেন, এশিয়ান ট্যুর এর সিওও গৎ. ঈযড় গরহহ ঞযধহঃ ও টুর্ণামেন্ট ডাইরেক্টর গৎ. ঔরঃঃরংধশ ঞধসঢ়ৎধংবৎঃ, এবি ব্যাংক বাংলাদেশ ওপেন ২০১৮ এর বিভিন্ন কমিটির চেয়ারম্যানগণসহ উচ্চ পদস্থ সামরিক ও বেসামরিক কর্মকর্তাগণ।

লেঃ কর্ণেল মোঃ আবদুল বারি (অবঃ)
কোর্ডিনেটর
বাংলাদেশ গলফ ফেডারেশন

তারিখঃ ১২ মে ২০১৮।

Dhaka, May 11: England’s Jack Harrison put himself in prime position to win in his first start as an Asian Tour rookie when he posted a four-under-par 67 to lead by one shot following the penultimate round of the AB Bank Bangladesh Open on Friday.

The 27-year-old Harrison, who came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier in January, fired five birdies in his closing six holes to move atop the leaderboard with a 11-under-par 202 total at the Kurmitola Golf Club.

Sri Lankan Mithun Perera overcame an opening bogey with eight birdies but slipped back with two other bogeys in his closing four holes to settle for a 66 in second place at the US$300,000 event, which is celebrating its fourth consecutive edition on the Asian Tour this week.

Qualifying School graduate Ben Campbell of New Zealand, who is making his debut appearance at the AB Bank Bangladesh Open, carded a 68, thanks to three closing birdies. He trails by two shots in third place on 204.

Overnight co-leader Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden battled to a 71 to sit a further shot back in fourth place alongside Suttijet Kooratanapisan (70) of Thailand and India’s M Dharma (68).

Local hope Zamal Hossain Mollah, who held a share of the halfway lead, slipped four shots off the pace to tied-seventh place with Divyanshu Bajaj of India (70) on matching 206s. He remains the highest-ranked local player following the third round of the AB Bank Bangladesh Open.

Did you know?

  • Jack Harrison secured his Asian Tour card for the 2018 season after finishing tied-15th at the Asian Tour Qualifying School, which was played over five rounds (90 holes) across two courses in Thailand earlier in January. It was his second attempt at the Qualifying School since 2013.
  • Harrison needed only 25 putts around the greens for his commendable round of 67 today.
  • Harrison is in the running to become the fastest rookie to win on the Asian Tour. Kane Webber and Todd Sinnott won their maiden Asian Tour titles in their second starts on Tour in 2006 and 2017 respectively.
  • Harrison, who turned professional in 2011, also plays on the Sunshine Tour, where he enjoyed a tied-sixth place finish at the Cape Town Open in February.
  • Mithun Perera turned professional in 2011. He is the son to Nandasena, a famous name on the old Asian circuit during the 1980s and 1990s.
  • The 31-year-old Perera ended a two-year title drought when he claimed his sixth title on the Professional Golf Tour of India earlier in March.
  • Perera is chasing to become the first ever Sri Lankan to win on the Asian Tour.
  • Like Harrison, Ben Campbell also came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier in January to earn his card for the 2018 season. It was his first time making the mark in four attempts since 2011.
  • The 26-year-old Campbell is making his third start on the Asian Tour this season but playing in his first attempt at the Bangladesh Open this week.
  • M Dharma is a two-time winner on his domestic circuit. The 31-year-old, who hails from Bengaluru, turned professional in 2005.
  • Dharma is making his third appearance at the AB Bank Bangladesh Open this week. He enjoyed a tied-seventh place finish when he played the ADT season-opener, also at the Kurmitola Golf Club, in January.

Players’ quotes:

Jack Harrison (Eng) – Third round 67 (-4), Total 202 (-11)

I had a good finish with five birdies in my last six holes but it wasn’t the most comfortable round out there. It was a real grind especially for the first 12 holes today. I kept the ball in play off the tee very well. I knew if I can keep doing that, I will have a few chances coming in but unfortunately, only a few putts dropped.

This is my first start on the Asian Tour since coming through the Qualifying School earlier this season. I am loving the good vibes out here, especially so when I am playing well. I am loving Dhaka so far. I love the course here, the people and everything else. It’s been fantastic. I am enjoying it.

I am just going to stick to the same game plan tomorrow and play my best, take advantage of my strength which is off the tees this week and hopefully win. I guess it’s all about decision making and not being too greedy around the course here. It can really bite you. You got to keep it in play and don’t try to go for the pins because if you miss, you won’t have a chance really.

Mithun Perera (Slk) – Third round 66 (-5), Total 203 (-10)

I didn’t finish well, dropped two shots on my last four holes but overall, I had a great round. I made eight birdies after the bogey on first. I played decent golf but missed a couple of putts today. I was happy to put myself in contention for tomorrow.

I was able to hit it close today. My iron shots were very good. My birdies were from about two to three feet. I three-putted the first hole for bogey and sank a 10-footer on the second for birdie to make it back. That helped me gained some momentum heading into the round.

It was tough to score today, given the windy conditions. I am happy with where I stand right now. There’s still one more day to go. I will try and beat the golf course tomorrow. I tell myself I am playing against myself and against the golf course, not the players.

The aim is to shoot an under-par round tomorrow. We will see how it goes.

Ben Campbell (Nzl) – Third round 68 (-3), Total 204 (-9)

I hit the ball really well today. On the front nine, I just couldn’t hole any putts but I stuck in there and happy with the way I finished the round. I knew I was playing well but I was even par and I felt like I should be four or five-under. I felt like I have left a few out there but it’s a nice way to finish and there’s always tomorrow.

I hit a good five-iron into the 16th hole and made a 15-footer for birdie. I made another birdie from four-feet on 17th and hit a nice iron-shot to about five -feet for birdie on 18th. It was just to give myself a chance to win if I get a good round tomorrow.

The week’s been good so far. It’s been tough with the rain delays but the course is in great shape. Took a bit of time to get used to the greens after all the rain but overall, it’s good. Hopefully tomorrow I can continue to do the same things and hole a few more putts.

M Dharma (Ind) – Third round 68 (-3), Total 205 (-8)

I started with a bogey on the first but bounced back immediately with a birdie on second. I made a few good birdies to turn in 32 but my back nine was really shaky. I am still hitting the ball good today, just made a few bad shots on my back nine.

It was windy out there and not easy to play at all. I made a long putt from about 20 feet for birdie on seventh. That was my highlight today. I managed to hit it close for the other birdies. I am very happy with how I have played so far.

I don’t want to have any expectations for the final round tomorrow. I just want to play my game. If I tell myself I have to shoot a certain number, I will be stressed. I just want to play my best and whatever happens, happens.

Scores after round 3 of the AB Bank Bangladesh Open 2018 being played at the par 71, 6642 Yards Kurmitola Golf Club course (am – denotes amateur):

202 – Jack HARRISON (ENG) 66-69-67.

203 – Mithun PERERA (LKA) 70-67-66.

204 – Ben CAMPBELL (NZL) 70-66-68.

205 – M DHARMA (IND) 66-71-68, Suttijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA) 71-64-70, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 68-66-71.

206 – Divyanshu BAJAJ (IND) 67-69-70, Zamal Hossain MOLLAH (BAN) 69-65-72.

207 – Honey BAISOYA (IND) 71-67-69.

208 – Settee PRAKONGVECH (THA) 70-69-69, Rashid KHAN (IND) 71-67-70, Berry HENSON (USA) 69-68-71.

209 – Lionel WEBER (FRA) 70-68-71, Thammanoon SRIROJ (THA) 70-68-71, John CATLIN (USA) 67-70-72, Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 71-66-72.

210 – Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 68-71-71, Sydney CHUNG (USA) 70-69-71.

211 – Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) 72-69-70, Badal HOSSAIN (BAN) 71-67-73, Paul HARRIS (USA) 70-66-75.

212 – Arnond VONGVANIJ (THA) 69-72-71, Amir NAZRIN (MAS) 67-73-72, Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 71-72-69, Kazuki HIGA (JPN) 68-71-73, Rory HIE (INA) 69-69-74, Anura ROHANA (LKA) 69-69-74.

View full results here.

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About Asian Tour

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics), Habitat for Humanity (Official Sustainable Development Partner), ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), Titleist and FootJoy (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Wall Street Journal (Official International Media Partner) and Sentosa in Singapore which is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.

Dhaka, May 9: Baby-faced Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand rode on a hot putter to sign for a solid opening round of six-under-par 65, seizing the clubhouse lead by one shot at the weather-disrupted AB Bank Bangladesh Open on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Rattanon, who enjoyed a top-five result in the last edition, got his campaign off to a flying start after firing seven birdies against a bogey to take his place atop the leaderboard in the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.

Indian stalwart M Dharma and Tour rookie Jack Harrison of England posted matching 66s to share second place while Asian Development Tour (ADT) graduate John Catlin of the United States settled two shots off the pace in fourth following a 67 at the Kurmitola Golf Club.

Play was earlier suspended at 12.17pm local time due to lightning threats before resuming four hours later. All 72 players in the afternoon session will return to complete their opening rounds at 6.20am on Thursday with the second round slated to start at approximately 8.00am.

American Berry Henson, highest-ranked player in ninth place on the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings, grabbed a share of seventh place following a 69 while local hero Siddikur Rahman carded a 72 to tie in 58th position.

Did you know?

  • Rattanon Wannasrichan claimed a wire-to-wire victory at the Thailand Open for his first Asian Tour title 12 months ago. He is also a one-time winner on the ADT in 2015.
  • The 22-year-old Thai sits in a current 20th position on the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings, thanks to two top-five finishes in Myanmar and Japan.
  • Rattanon hit six fairways and missed six greens in regulation but needed only 23 putts around the greens to cap a solid round of 65. His highlight of the day came on the par-five 14th hole where he chipped it in from 20 yards to save par.
  • Rattanon enjoyed a tied-fourth place finish at the Bangladesh Open last year.
  • M Dharma is a two-time winner on his domestic circuit. The 31-year-old, who hails from Bengaluru, turned professional in 2005.
  • Dharma is making his third appearance at the AB Bank Bangladesh Open this week. He enjoyed a tied-seventh place finish when he played the ADT season-opener, also at the Kurmitola Golf Club, in January.
  • Jack Harrison came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier in January. It was his second attempt since 2013. The 27-year-old, who turned professional in 2011, finished tied-15th in the 90-hole tournament to secure his Asian Tour card for the 2018 season.
  • John Catlin needed only 23 putts around the greens today. He missed only two fairways in his commendable round of 67.
  • Catlin is a proud graduate of the ADT. He ended the 2017 season in third place on the final Order of Merit and secured his playing rights on the Asian Tour for the 2018 season. He is a two-time winner on the secondary circuit.
  • Catlin has notched four top-10 finishes in five starts on the ADT this season, including a tied-eighth place finish at the Kurmitola Golf Club two weeks ago. He sits in second place on the latest ADT Order of Merit.
  • Catlin secured his first ever top-10 result on the Asian Tour after finishing in eighth place on his own at The 37th GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship in Korea last week.

Players’ quotes:

Rattanon Wannasrichan (Tha) – First round 65 (-6)

My game was really good today. I made a great par save on the par-five 14th hole. That was the highlight of the day for me. I hit my driver out of bounds and missed the green with my fourth shot but I managed to chip it in from about 20 yards to save par. It was amazing

I had a good start to the round. I birdied my two holes from the 10th and that got my game going heading into the round. I like this golf course because it feels like the golf course where I used to practise when I first started playing golf back home in Thailand. The conditions and the grass are similar.

I had a good result here last year so I am feeling very confident coming back here. You need to hit it good off the tees to play well here. Putting is important too. I putted really well today which helped a lot.

M Dharma (Ind) – First round 66 (-5)

I drove the ball really well today. I missed only three fairways and hit 14 greens today. I hit the ball really good and was able to hit it close to the pins as well. I three-putted on one hole but other than that, it was a great round.

On the second hole, I made a 25-footer for birdie. That kind of kick-started my round today. I birdied again from four-feet on the fifth hole and then sank another seven-footer for birdie on seventh. On the eighth, I made a 14-footer.

I played the two ADT events here earlier and I like this golf course. I finished well in the first ADT event here in January and I felt really confident coming back here this week. This is a ‘placement’ golf course. You need to be accurate off the tees.

If you miss the fairways, it’s going to be very tough to make pars. I am really pleased with the way I played today. I hope I can continue to do the same for the next three rounds.

Jack Harrison (Eng) – First round 66 (-5)

I played pretty steady from the start. I was three-under through four holes. I felt pretty good after that. Off the tee is key to keep the ball in play on this course. I just hit fairways and greens out there and made putts. If it stays like this for the rest of the week, I will be pretty happy.

It’s a testing golf course. You got to hit the fairways. You can’t play the course if you are not hitting it well off the tee. I think that’s the key. A lot of holes can be pretty tricky. A lot of water that you can’t really see off the tee.

I am just trying to win this week. I got through the Qualifying School and I just want to make the most out of every start I get this year. A friend of mine, Chris Cannon, who played here a few years back, kind of guided me through the course a little bit before I came here.

I am loving it here so far. I got here on Saturday, nice and early just so I can adjust to the time difference from back home. I have seen quite a bit of the place so far and it’s nice.

John Catlin (Usa) – First round 67 (-4)

It was a really good round. I like this course. I played here for the ADT event two weeks ago and I had a good finish. It’s just good to get some of those positive vibes out there today. Obviously, I played well last week which got my confidence going for this week.

I just went out there and trusted my game. I hit a lot of high quality shots. It was pretty windy out there so it was good to be able to hit the ball solid. I made about two long putts but other than that, most of them were pretty close. I made a birdie from 35-feet on the par-five seventh.

It was kind of low-stress out there which makes it a lot easier. It’s a narrow course so tee shots are key. My ball striking was much better today. It was a bit off when I played in Korea last week.

I didn’t have the chance to do anything about it since after last week so it felt good to be able to hit it a lot better today. Wedge-play could have been a little tighter today as well. It’s something I am working on. I will just keep doing the same tomorrow. Nothing changes.

Scores after round 1 of the AB Bank Bangladesh Open 2018 being played at the par 71, 6642 Yards Kurmitola Golf Club course (am – denotes amateur):
65 – Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA).
66 – M DHARMA (IND), Jack HARRISON (ENG).
67 – John CATLIN (USA).
69 – Rory HIE (INA), Berry HENSON (USA), Piya SWANGARUNPORN (THA), Sanjeev KUMAR (L) (IND).
70 – KHOR Kheng Hwai (MAS), Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN), Lionel WEBER (FRA), Delwar HOSSAIN (BAN).
71 – Veer AHLAWAT (IND), Deepinder Singh KULLAR (IND), Badal HOSSAIN (BAN), Honey BAISOYA (IND), Poom SAKSANSIN (THA), Danthai BOONMA (THA), Oliver GOSS (AUS), Rashid KHAN (IND), Md. Ismail (BAN).
72 – Leunkwang KIM (MAS), Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA), Sung LEE (KOR), Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN), Shohei HASEGAWA (JPN), Akbar HOSSAIN (BAN), Pasavee LERTVILAI (THA).
73 – Ye Htet AUNG (MYN), Wolmer MURILLO (VEN), Udorn DUANGDECHA (THA), Viraj MADAPPA (IND), Shakhawat SOHEL (BAN), Yutaka ARAKI (JPN), CHOO Tze huang (SIN), Manu GANDAS (IND), Md Shah Alom (BAN).
74 – Md Ahsan (BAN), Jakiruzzaman JAKIR (BAN), Javier GALLEGOS (ESP), Chiragh KUMAR (IND), Mitchell SLORACH (SIN), Jack WILSON (AUS).

Check out current standings here.

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About Asian Tour:

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics), Habitat for Humanity (Official Sustainable Development Partner), ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), Titleist and FootJoy (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Wall Street Journal (Official International Media Partner) and Sentosa in Singapore which is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.

Chiragh Kumar of India

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Dhaka, May 8: India’s Chiragh Kumar will be looking to recover from his dip in form with a strong showing at the US$300,000 AB Bank Bangladesh Open which starts on Wednesday.

Kumar, a one-time Asian Tour winner, battled against a wrist injury at the start of the season but believes he can reproduce the magic when he returns to the Kurmitola Golf Club for the event where he came in tied-fourth last year.

The 34-year-old Kumar, who has not make a single cut in five starts this season, found out he had developed a cyst in his right wrist earlier this year but reckoned he is well on the road to recovery after seeking help from physiotherapists.

Talented Thai duo Danthai Boonma and Poom Saksansin will also looking to pick up their first win this season at the AB Bank Bangladesh Open, which is celebrating its fourth consecutive edition on the region’s premier Tour this week.

Coming off the back of a career-first top-10 finish on the Asian Tour, American John Catlin hopes to ride on his fine form for another standout performance at the Kurmitola Golf Club, where he capped a tied-eighth place finish on the Asian Development Tour two weeks ago.

Siddikur Rahman, who emerged as the best local performer after finishing second last year, will spearhead a strong local contingent which consists of 43 professionals and six amateurs. They will take aim at keeping the trophy on home soil for the first time since the event was inaugurated in 2015.

Did you know?

  • Chiragh Kumar earned his career breakthrough on the Asian Tour when he won the Panasonic Open India at the Delhi Golf Club in 2015.
  • Kumar enjoyed a tied-fourth place finish at the 2017 Bangladesh Open. He came in joint runner-up at the Panasonic Open India later that year to finish 41st on the Order of Merit, retaining his card for the 2018 season.
  • Kumar was part of the Indian national amateur team, which included 2015 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Anirban Lahiri and eight-time Asian Tour winner Gaganjeet Bhullar, who won the team silver medal in the 2006 Doha Asian Games.
  • The 34-year-old Kumar, father of one, is also the chairman of the Asian Tour Tournament Players Committee.
  • Danthai Boonma is a one-time winner on the Asian Tour. His breakthrough victory came at the World Classic Championship in Singapore in 2015.
  • Danthai enjoyed four top-10s on the Asian Tour in 2017, with his best finish at the Thailand Open where he came in fifth.
  • Danthai is a double gold medalist at the 2012 South East Asia (SEA) Games.
  • Danthai got off to a great start this season when he finished tied-fourth at the Singapore Open in January to earn for himself a coveted spot at The Open this July. It will be his Major debut.
  • Poom Saksansin is a two-time winner on the Asian Tour and a one-time winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).
  • Poom claimed his second Asian Tour title in India last August and finished in a career-high eighth position on the Merit rankings to earn a maiden appearance at the 2018 EurAsiaCup where he represented Team Asia.
  • Poom is making his third appearance at the AB Bank Bangladesh Open this week. He has failed to make the cut when he last played in 2015 and 2016.
  • John Catlin is a proud graduate of the ADT. He ended the 2017 season in third place on the final Order of Merit and secured his playing rights on the Asian Tour for the 2018 season. He is a two-time winner on the secondary circuit.
  • Catlin enjoyed four top-10 finishes in five starts on the ADT this season, including a tied-eighth place finish at the Kurmitola Golf Club two weeks ago. He sits in second place on the latest ADT Order of Merit.
  • Catlin secured his first ever top-10 result on the Asian Tour after finishing in eighth place on his own at The 37th GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship in Korea last week.

Players’ quotes:

Chiragh Kumar (Ind)

I haven’t really played well so far this season. I am just looking to regain some confidence coming back to play here. I like the course and I played well last year. The course is in great shape. It’s playing softer than last year but it’s still in good condition. This is a ‘placement’ golf course. The greens are soft and tiny so it’s important to place your ball on the right spots.

I have had my fair share of injury troubles since the start of the year but I am looking forward to this week now. I have been down and out, hoping to get my season started. I hope things will pick up from here onwards.

I developed a cyst in my right wrist sometime last year but I only got to know about it this year. The pain in my wrist started when I was playing in Malaysia earlier in February. I had to miss a few events prior to this week.

Having said that, I am feeling a lot better now, physically. Hopefully my game gets better as well. I have been doing physiotherapy for my wrist. No need for surgery as of now. I am hoping not to go under the knife. The treatment has been helping so far.

It’s great to see Indian players doing well all over the world. It just shows how strong our domestic Tour is. All of us came out from there. The competition is good. If you play well there, you can play well anywhere.

A lot of motivation and confidence for me as well, seeing Shubhankar Sharma, Shiv Kapur and Rahil Gangjee winning and Ajeetesh Sandhu, Gaganjeet Bhullar finishing well last week. We are enjoying a good couple of years for Indian golf. Hopefully I can be part of that.

Danthai Boonma (Tha)

The course is looking good. The conditions have improved from two years ago when I last played here. Hopefully the weather holds up this week. It’s been a little gloomy. The game’s feeling good. You got to hit it straight here and putt well to score on this course.

I had a good start to the season, finishing top-five in Singapore to secure a spot at The Open in July. The game’s been feeling good since although it didn’t really show in my results. I guess I just need to sharpen up my short game as they would be the key to play well.

Poom Saksansin (Tha)

I haven’t been playing well. I am not feeling confident with my game as of now but I hope things will change with a good showing to regain my confidence this week. I don’t know why the dip in form recently but I guess this is golf, sometimes you play well, sometimes you don’t.

This is my third attempt here. I have never made the cut before but I hope I can change the record this week. I haven’t set any targets for myself. I just want to make the halfway cut first. This is a tight course and not very long which suits my game I think.

John Catlin (Usa)

I had an awesome week in Korea last week. I have been working very hard over the last couple of years and it feels great to finish inside top-10 on the Asian Tour. To be able to come out and perform like I know I can with all the work I’m putting in, it really gives me a lot of confidence moving forward. I am excited to see what is installed for me this year.

There are a lot of good players on the Asian Tour. I always like the challenge to step up my game. I am just going to use the top-10 result last week to work harder on my game. My short game was on point last week.

I am excited to be back in Bangladesh. I was just here the week before for the ADT tournament where I finished tied-eighth. I am feeling very confident. I am just going to head out and see how I fair this week. Just have to keep going and hopefully I can ride on the good form.

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About Asian Tour

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics), Habitat for Humanity (Official Sustainable Development Partner), ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), Titleist and FootJoy (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Wall Street Journal (Official International Media Partner) and Sentosa in Singapore which is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.

বাংলাদেশের গলফার সিদ্দিকুর রহমান বলেছেন, অলিম্পিকে তার কোন নির্দিষ্ট লক্ষ নেই। কোন পদকের জন্যও তিনি চিন্তা করছেন না। বরং অলিম্পিকে নিজের খেলাটাই খেলতে চান।

বাংলাদেশের গলফার হিসেবে এই প্রথমবারের মতো অলিম্পিকে খেলতে যাচ্ছেন সিদ্দিকুর রহমান। অগাস্টের প্রথমদিকে তিনি ব্রাজিলের উদ্দেশ্যে রওনা হবেন।

বিবিসিকে দেয়া একটি সাক্ষাৎকারে তিনি বলছেন, ”সরাসরি অলিম্পিকে খেলার সুযোগ পেয়ে খুবই আনন্দ লাগছে। কখনোই ভাবি নাই অলিম্পিকে খেলবো, তাও আবার সরাসরি।”

সিদ্দিকুর রহমান দুটো এশিয়ান ট্যুরের শিরোপা জিতেছেন। আগামী ৫ই অগাস্ট থেকে ব্রাজিলেরও রিও ডি জেনিরোতে অলিম্পিক শুরু হওয়ার কথা রয়েছে।

অলিম্পিকে সরাসরি অংশ নেয়ার এই প্রক্রিয়াটি কিভাবে হয়েছিল? জানতে চাইলে মি. রহমান বলেন, ”গলফের বাছাই প্রক্রিয়ার শেষ সময় ছিল জুলাই মাসের ১১ তারিখ পর্যন্ত। মরিশাসে ভালো খেলার সুবাদে ওয়ার্ল্ড র‍্যাংকিংয়ে উপরের দিকে চলে আসি, আর সেজন্য অলিম্পিকে সরাসরি খেলার যোগ্যতা অর্জন করি।”

এর আগে বাংলাদেশের পক্ষে যারা অলিম্পিকে অংশ নিয়েছেন, সবাই ওয়াইল্ড কার্ড বা অলিম্পিকের বিশেষ বিবেচনায় সুযোগ পেয়েছেন

অলিম্পিকের জন্য যে বিশেষ কোন প্রস্তুতি নিচ্ছেন গলফার সিদ্দিকুর রহমান তা নয়। তিনি বলেন, ”প্রতিদিন আমি যে রুটিনে চলি, সেই রুটিনেই আমার প্রাকটিস করে যাচ্ছি। আলাদা করে কিছু করছি না।”

অলিম্পিকে সিদ্দিকুর রহমান লক্ষ্য কতদূর যাওয়া?

মি. রহমান বলছেন, ”আসলে অলিম্পিকে আমার নির্দিষ্ট কোন লক্ষ্য নেই। অতীতে অনেক টুর্নামেন্টেই আমি টার্গেট করে খেলেছি, কিন্তু আমি অনেকবারই ফেল করেছি। তাই আমি এবার পরিকল্পনা করছি, আমি আমার গেমটাকে এনজয় করবো। রেজাল্ট যাই আসুক, সেটার দিকে ফোকাস দেব না। আমি আমার নিজের খেলাটাই খেলতে চাই, আমি আমার বেস্ট দেবো।”

বাংলাদেশের অ্যাথলেটদের বেলায় একটি কথা বলা হয় যে, অলিম্পিকে অংশগ্রহণ করতে পারাটাই তাদের সবচেয়ে বড় অভিজ্ঞতা। সেই ধারা থেকে বেরিয়ে সিদ্দিকুর রহমান কি কোন পদক নিয়ে ফিরতে পারবেন?

মি. রহমান বলছেন, ”আমি আসলে কোন পদকের জন্য চিন্তা করছি না। আমি মনে করি, একজন গলফার হিসাবে যে অলিম্পিকে যাচ্ছি, এটা বাংলাদেশের গলফের জন্য একটি বড় অর্জন। এটা তো আসলে বাংলাদেশে একটি নতুন খেলা। এখন আমি আমার বেস্ট খেলাটা খেলতে পারলে, আমার আত্মবিশ্বাস যে, আমি একটা সম্মানজনক পজিশনে থাকতে পারবো।”

Dhaka, May 7: Local hero Siddikur Rahman will aim to bounce back from an uncharacteristic lackluster season on the Asian Tour when he headlines the AB Bank Bangladesh Open which gets underway on Wednesday.

Siddikur, a two-time Asian Tour winner, made only one cut in four starts on the region’s premier Tour this season but kept up his hopes of putting up a good showing as he relishes home course advantage at the Kurmitola Golf Club.

The 33-year-old Siddikur will also draw confidence from his recent success on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) where he claimed his second title at the Kurmitola Golf Club in January before securing another tied-sixth place finish on the same venue two weeks ago.

DHAKA-BANGLADESH – Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh pictured on Monday May 7, 2018 during an official practice round ahead of the AB Bank Bangladesh Open at the Kurmitola Golf Club, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The USD$ 300.000 Asian Tour event is staged May 9-12, 2018. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh

Siddikur will headline the US$300,000 Asian Tour event alongside Tour winners Rattanon Wannasrichan and Poom Saksansin of Thailand, two-time Order of Merit champion Jeev Milkha Singh of India, as well as Singaporean veteran Mardan Mamat, who won the tournament in 2015.

Qualifying school graduates Kurt Kitayama of the United States, Shohei Hasegawa of Japan, Australian Steven Jeffress and Miguel Carballo of Argentina will all be vying for top honours at the AB Bank Bangladesh Open.

Other notable players in the 144-man field include India’s Chiragh Kumar, Masahiro Kawamura of Japan, Thammanoon Sriroj of Thailand and China’s Yanwei Liu, who enjoyed a top-10 finish last year.

DHAKA-BANGLADESH – Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh pictured on Monday May 7, 2018 during an official practice round ahead of the AB Bank Bangladesh Open at the Kurmitola Golf Club, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The USD$ 300.000 Asian Tour event is staged May 9-12, 2018. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

 

Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh

Did you know?

  • The Kurmitola Golf Club is the home course of Siddikur Rahman, who used to work as a ball boy at the club to support his studies. He is currently attached to Kurmitola Golf Club as an honorary member.
  • Siddikur marked the best ever result produced by a Bangladeshi at the Bangladesh Open last year. He birdied the 18th hole to close with a five-under-par 66 and a 13-under-par 271 total, finishing four shots shy of winner Jazz to take second place on his own.
  • Siddikur became the first player from Bangladesh to win on the Asian Tour when he emerged victorious at the Brunei Open in 2010. Also became the first sportsman from his country to qualify for the 2016 Olympics on merit and was accorded the honour of becoming Bangladesh’s flagbearer during the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Siddikur’s wife, Samaun Anjum Auroni, became the first Bangladeshi female golfer to turn professional earlier in January. Auroni took up the game in 2010, the same year Siddikur won his first Asian Tour title.
  • Siddikur claimed a commanding 12-stroke victory for his first ADT title on the same venue in 2011.
  • Yanwei Liu of China claimed his first ever top-10 result on the Asian Tour at the 2017 Bangladesh Open. He closed with a five-under-par 67 to grab a share of 10th place.
  • Liu, 20, enjoyed another top-10 result on home soil last November where he came in second runner-up at the Asian Golf Championship in Xiamen. The result, however, was not enough to help him secure his Asian Tour card for this season. He missed out on the top-61 cut-off mark by one rung on the 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
  • Miguel Carballo is the only Argentinean in the 144-man field this week. He came through the Qualifying School earlier in January and is the only Argentinean to hold an Asian Tour card for the 2018 season.
  • The 38-year-old Carballo turned professional in 2002 and has previously won on the Challenge Tour and the Web.com Tour. He is playing on the Asian Tour for this first time since 2006 this week.
  • Since making his ADT debut in Brunei in March, Carballo has notched four top-10s in five starts on the secondary circuit, including a tied-third place finish at the BTI Open, which was held at the Kurmitola Golf Club two weeks ago.

DHAKA-BANGLADESH – Local Bangladeshi train passengers ride atop of the train near the 14th hole pictured on Monday May 7, 2018 during an official practice round ahead of the AB Bank Bangladesh Open at the Kurmitola Golf Club, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The USD$ 300.000 Asian Tour event is staged May 9-12, 2018. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

View from the 14th hole of the Kurmitola Golf Club

Players’ quotes:

Siddikur Rahman (Ban)

I am really excited for this week. This is the fourth consecutive edition of the Bangladesh Open and I am very happy to see the tournament back on the Asian Tour schedule. I think the other professional golfers in the country are equally happy too.

I am feeling confident for this week because I won on this course again for my second ADT title earlier in January. I am looking forward to this week. The game’s feeling pretty good. I prepared myself nicely for this event.

I took a good rest last week. I skipped the Korean event last week and just did some practice to prepare myself for this week. The course is in a great shape. It’s a little soft because of the rain over the last few days.

I had a good finish last year. It was a great memory. I birdied the last hole to finish second. Hopefully I can bank on those good memories to win the tournament this year. I have the home advantage and I know if I can play my own game, I won’t have any problems winning this tournament.

The golf scene in Bangladesh has really improved over the last few years, especially with the addition of two events on the ADT this season. I would like to thank all sponsors for their support and commitment.

I have been trying to work on my mental game and my fitness this season. These two things are really important if you want to do well, especially mental strength. I will keep working on these and hopefully some good results will show.

DHAKA-BANGLADESH – Miguel Carball of Argentina pictured on Monday May 7, 2018 during an official practice round ahead of the AB Bank Bangladesh Open at the Kurmitola Golf Club, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The USD$ 300.000 Asian Tour event is staged May 9-12, 2018. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

Miguel Carballo of Argentina

Miguel Carballo (Arg)

The game’s been feeling great for the past few weeks. I have been pretty consistent. I played well when I came here for the ADT event two weeks ago too. I am feeling really confident for this week. I am excited too as this is my first Asian Tour event this year.

I like this course. It’s similar to the course where I used to play back home in Argentina. The conditions are similar. The course is pretty flat and tree-lined and you need to hit it straight off the tees. You need a lot of concentration on this course.

I had a lot of fun out there when I first came here two weeks ago. I want to just enjoy myself again this week. I feel really good coming back here. I have been travelling a lot over the last two months.

I went back home to Argentina after getting my Asian Tour card at the Qualifying School in January. I came back to Asia for my first ADT event in Brunei in March and haven’t been back home since. It has been a good run so far and I am enjoying it.

DHAKA-BANGLADESH – Yan-wei Liu of China pictured on Monday May 7, 2018 during an official practice round ahead of the AB Bank Bangladesh Open at the Kurmitola Golf Club, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The USD$ 300.000 Asian Tour event is staged May 9-12, 2018. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

Yanwei Liu of China

Yanwei Liu (Chn)

This is the third time I am playing in this event. I like the course here. I had a good result last year where I came in top-10. It’s good to be back. The course is pretty narrow and it’s not that long. It suits my game. Tee shots will be important this week.

I remembered playing good off the tee for the entire week last year. I guess that is the key to playing well on this course. If you can do that, you should be able to do well out there.

My aim is to finish inside top-60 on the Habitat for Humanity Standings to secure my Asian Tour card for next season. Hopefully I can cap a good result this week to achieve that goal. I try my best to obtain the best result I can every week.

With the Asian Golf Classic on home soil coming up next week, I really hope to play well as these two events are really important for me.

Ends.

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