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WHAT MAMAT SAID It is always great to be a winner. I’m the first Bashundhara Bangladesh Open winner so I have to give credit to myself for winning. I knew I had to be at least under-par on the front nine. I was one-under so that was good. After 13 holes, I told myself that I need a two-shot cushion in the last hole and I would win. I’ve been hit the ball really good but I missed a lot of putts today. I missed a 12-foot birdie on the first hole and another 10-footer on hole two. I missed another eight-footer birdie on eight. I hit a short birdie putt on 12 and missed another short birdie on 14. If I say that I didn’t have any pressure today then I’m not human. Two of my competitors Lee and Khalin are young and they hit it long. They kept pushing me a lot on the front nine. I managed to steady myself and play my own game. This is a good start for all Bangladeshi golfers. They have their National Open for the first time on the Asian Tour and all the players will want to win their National Open. This will inspire them to practise harder and win the event next year.

LEADERBOARD, DAY 4 #

Name (NAT)

R1 R2 R3 R4 To Par

1(1) 2(3) 2(2)

Mardan Mamat (SIN) Soomin Lee (KOR) Khalin Joshi (IND)

66 67 68 69 70 70 65 67 71 68 65 68

-14 -12 -12

4(5) 5(4)

Carlos Pigem (ESP) Janne Kaske (FIN)

67 67 73 66 68 67 71 69

-11 -9

6(14) Chinnarat Phadungsil (THA) 74 67 69 67 13(15) Rahil Gangjee (IND) 74 70 67 69 15(17) Chapchai Nirat (THA) 73 68 71 69

-7 -4 -3

19(25) Shakhawat Sohel (BAN) 28(31) Mithun Perera (SRI) 38(48) Dil Mohammad (BAN)

74 71 68 69 74 66 74 71 72 73 71 72

-2 +1 +4

38(64) 38(7) 63(64) 68(54)

72 73 72 73

+4 +4 +8 +12

Siddikur Rahman (BAN) Dulal Hossain (BAN) Sajib Ali (BAN) Nur Jamal (BAN)

72 63 71 71

75 72 76 73

69 80 73 79

Singapore veteran golfer Mardan Mamat is showered with water after finishing the final putt of the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open 2015 at Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday MAINOOR ISLAM MANIK

Majestic Mardan claims first Bangladesh Open n Asian Tour Singaporean veteran Mardan Mamat was inspired by his wife’s special message as he posted a two-under-par 69 to cruise to a twoshot victory at the $300,000 Bashundhara Bangladesh Open yesterday. The 47-year old completed a wire-towire win with a 14-under 270 total to win his fifth Asian Tour title and lift the unique trophy which was designed in the form of Bangladesh’s national animal, the Royal Bengal Tiger. Khalin Joshi of India shot a 68 to tie for second place alongside Korea’s Soomin Lee,

who posted a 67 at the Kurmitola Golf Club for their best result on the Asian Tour so far. Meanwhile, it was a devastating final day for the local golfers as none could able to stay into top 15 on the leaderboard in the first ever Asian Tour event in the country. Shakhawat Sohel finished on 19th which was the top spot for the Bangladeshi players scoring two-under 69 in the fourth day. Two-time Asian Tour champion Siddikur Rahman did the same to get an under-par score finally in his home ground and shared 38th position along with compatriots Dil Mohammad and a single-day wonder Dulal Hossain.

The day belonged to Mardan, who kept calm and composed in the heat. His overnight three-shot lead was reduced to one stroke after he bogeyed the fourth hole but he steadied ship with a pair of birdies from hole five before adding another birdie on the 12th hole. After poor results earlier in the year, a jubilant Mardan was delighted to turn the corner and even celebrated the win by dancing to the beat of the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open theme song during the prize giving ceremony. The 23-year old Joshi, who was chasing for a first Asian Tour win, turned in 33 but struggled with a cold putter as he returned with eight straight pars and a closing birdie. l


31 May, 2015