Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman started terribly in the Thailand Golf Championship, finishing the first round in joint-97th position after a round of three-over-par 75 at the Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok yesterday.
Starting the tournament badly is a continuation of a trend this season for the 28-year-old and this start ranks as one of the worst by the 2010 Brunei Open winner.
It was however a spectacular day for South African Charl Schwartzel, who put in a flawless round of golf to finish at the top of the leader board with seven-under-par 65.
He was followed closely by Thai youngster Thitiphun Chuayprakong, who finished the day in the second position, one shot behind the leader. Sweden's Daniel Chopra and Javi Colomo of Spain shared the third spot with rounds of five-under-par 67.
Siddikur endured a horrid front nine in which he had four bogeys -- on the fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth holes. The back nine was better as he hit birdies on the 10th, 13th and 17th holes, but the good work was ruined when he double-bogeyed the 14th.