Bangladesh's top golfer Siddikur Rahman got his King's Cup campaign off to a middling start at the Black Mountain Golf Club at Hua Hin in Thailand yesterday. The winner of two Asian Tour titles finished the first round in joint 31st position with one-under-par 71.
The 29-year-old is trailing joint leaders Prom Meesawat -- the hometown boy -- and Richard Karlberg of Sweden by seven shots. On a gusty day the duo showed fine control to notch excellent scores of seven-under-par 65s, with Angelo Que of the Philippines and Lin Wen-Tang of Chinese Taipei locked in the third spot one shot behind.
Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng and Chapchai Nirat along with Australia's Kieran Pratt make up the top five, each with rounds of four-under-par 68s in the first round of the 1-million-dollar season-closer of the Asian Tour.
Siddikur was faced with a familiar foe when he encountered the windy conditions in the morning, but coped better than he has in the past. He traded bogeys on the first and eighth holes for birdies on the sixth, 13th and 14th holes.