Siddik misses title by a whisker

European Open: Siddikur thrilled with top-three finish in Hamburg
European Open: Siddikur thrilled with top-three finish in Hamburg

Ace Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman failed to clinch his third Asian Tour title when he lost his nerve in the final moment to finish as runners-up in the $400,000 Panasonic Open India in New Delhi on Sunday.
India’s Khalin Joshi fired a decisive birdie on the 18th hole to clinch his maiden Asian Tour title.
The 26-year-old Joshi hit four-under-par 68 in the fourth round to edge out Siddik by one shot in a dramatic finish.
Joshi, who was the overnight leader along with Siddik, started with two bogeys in the first three holes but soon gained momentum to hit six birdies.
On the other hand, Siddik, who won the Indian Open at the Delhi course in 2013, carded an even-par at the final hole and Joshi hit the winning putt to a loud roar.
Siddik, who topped the leaderboard for two rounds before slipping out at the final hurdle, was not disappointed with the result.
Needing to finish inside the top-60 on the final merit rankings to keep his card for next year, the Bangladeshi pro jumped to 53rd from 97th before the Delhi event.
‘I am very happy with my result and I am proud of myself that I am able to put up a good fight for the title,’ said Siddik, who scored a total of 16-under-par 272 and earned $44,000 from the tournament.
‘I have been trying to get the win to get my card for next year. It’s been on
the back of my mind. Although I didn’t win, I put in a better position to finish inside top-60 on the Habitat for Humanity Standings now.’
Joshi underlined India’s domination by becoming the seventh Indian winner in eight editions. Australia’s Wade Ormsby remains the only foreign winner, in 2013.
‘It’s been a great feeling. I have been knocking on the door for quite a while, since the day I turned pro (in 2013),’ Joshi said after the win.
‘I knew I had to make a birdie over here…It didn’t matter what Siddik was doing. I wanted to my best and hopefully that would be good enough,’ he told reporters.
India’s Ajeetesh Sandhu managed a two-under in the final round to end tied third alongside Suradit Yongcharoenchai of Thailand.