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Siddikur: ' My best memory of the CIMB Classic was the first year because I had a good finish and I played with Adam Scott. He is a very nice guy and you gain extra confidence and motivation when you play with such a top player.' – AFP PHOTO / David Paul Morris /Asian Tour
PETALING JAYA: Bangladeshi Siddikur may be small in physique but he is prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder alongside the stars of the game at the US$7mil (RM22.2mil) CIMB Classic this week.
The 29-year-old will make his fourth successive appearance in the lucrative event at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Thursday. He will be aiming to improve on his best outing of joint 11th in the inaugural edition in 2010.
With the CIMB Classic, which is sanctioned by the US PGA Tour and Asian Tour, counting towards the region’s premier Tour Order of Merit, Siddikur plans to enjoy a rewarding haul in the 78-man field. There is no halfway cut.
“I think it is going to be an exciting race for the Asian Tour Order of Merit title. There is a lot of money at stake at the CIMB Classic and a good finish or a victory can give you a huge jump in the Order of Merit,” said Siddikur, who is in ninth position with US$170,733 (RM542,000).
“It is good that they have FedEx Cup (2014) points and the money counts towards the Asian Tour Order of Merit this year. I believe the event is even better now. If I win it, then I will get a US PGA Tour card,” added Siddikur.
Major champions Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink and Lucas Glover will headline the elite field which includes the leading 10 available players from the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
Siddikur hopes to draw one of the top stars during the tournament after enjoying the opportunity to play alongside Adam Scott of Australia, this year’s US Masters champion, in the 2010 CIMB Classic.
“My best memory of the CIMB Classic was the first year because I had a good finish and I played with Adam Scott. He is a very nice guy and you gain extra confidence and motivation when you play with such a top player,” said Siddikur.
Siddikur, who rose from the caddie ranks to become Bangladesh’s first winner on the Asian Tour, is in good form heading into the CIMB Classic. Last Sunday, he finished joint seventh at the Venetian Macau Open.
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