Sentosa, June 1: After the last putt disappeared at the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open over the weekend, asiantour.com reflects on the US$300,000 tournament which made its debut on the Asian Tour and picks out the Top-5 things that we learned, or didn’t learn, during the week.
1 – It is true after all that yellow is Mardan Mamat’s lucky colour. The Singaporean veteran put on the famous yellow shirt for the final round and duly completed a two-shot victory at the Kurmitola Golf Club. It was the fourth time he has won with his lucky colour on.
2 – Since shooting an 80 to miss the cut at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in April, Mardan has since shot rounds of 69, 69, 67, 67, 66, 67, 68 and 69 to be 26-under-par in his last two tournaments. He finished tied third at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and won in Dhaka. What’s his secret? The 47-year-old preferred to keep it close to his chest by saying: “I found something with my iron play back home while practising for Mauritius.”
3 – Remember the name Dulal Hossain. The 25-year-old Bangladeshi could be our next Siddikur Rahman. Like Siddikur, who is a two-time Asian Tour winner, Dulal worked as a ball boy at the Kurmitola Golf Club where his father sold tea at the clubhouse canteen. He mimicked a golf swing with a tree branch until a club member spotted him swinging away and duly bought him a golf set. Dulal subsequently represented his country in amateur golf before turning professional, very much in the same pathway as Siddikur. He fired a fine second round 63 to charge into contention but tumbled down the leaderboard with a final round 80 for a share of 38th place. He was amongst six locals who made the halfway cut.
4 – After notching his seventh career top-10 on the Asian Tour since plying his trade in the region in 2013, 24-year-old Carlos Pigem is proving himself to be a potential winner on Tour. He has also yet to miss a halfway cut from six tournaments this season and is currently ranked second in the To Par stat category where he is 26-under for the season.
5 – And finally, the Kurmitola Golf Club was truly an amazing site. On it is a deer farm, which is certainly out of bounds to the golfers, and jackfruit trees grew freely within the golf course which provided talking points amongst the golfers. Some also took the opportunity to tweet some wonderful images during the week!