Siddikur Rahman continued his stellar performance to maintain his number one position on the leaderboard after the second day of the Grammenphone Bangladesh Masters at the Kurmitola Golf Club on Friday.
Siddik posted seven under par in the second round with his flawless play, his cumulative total after two days is (-13) under par with 113 shots. He was able to extend his lead by eight strokes from his fellow golfers courtesy of some glorious putting.
His compatriot Mohammad Matin battled to a (-1) under par on the second day with 71 shots for a cumulative total of 139 shots. Japanese golfer Hirotaro Naito, Bangladesh’s Liton Howlader and Zamal Hossain Mollah are joint third with 140 shots.
Siddik birdied four of the first nine holes and added three more birdies at the back nine; his birdies were all within the region of six to 10 feet.
‘It was another great day of putting. I played very well in the first round and that gave me more confidence to go out and just shoot another low number,’ said Siddik.
‘If I continue to play like I did today [Friday], I believe it will be very easy for me to win the tournament. I feel like I have one hand on the trophy,’ he added.
Matin continued his dream run on the second day with six birdies against five bogeys. He admitted that it would be an uphill battle to narrow the deficit on the number one golfer in Bangladesh.
‘Siddikur is the best golfer in the country and it will be difficult to chase his score. But you never know as anything can happen in golf. I’m going to go all out and attack because I have got nothing to lose. I just need to work on my iron shots,’ said the 39-year-old golfer.
A total of 58 players made the halfway cut to qualify for the third and fourth rounds, which was set at 10 over-par 154 shots.