Thursday, 28 February 2013
Mohammad Siddikur is on track to make history by becoming the first Bangladeshi to play in The Open Championship after claiming a share of the first round lead with Japanese amateur Hideki Matsuyama at International Final Qualifying - Asia.

Both players carded six under par rounds of 66, although it could have been even better for Siddikur, who was five under after six holes.

China's Hu Mu, Australian Scott Barr and Singaporeans Quincy Quek and Lam Zhiqun were a further shot back in the two-day qualifier where the top four players qualify for the year's third Major at Muirfield in July.

Siddikur, who is the first Bangladeshi to play and win on the Asian Tour, was in a similar position in the 2011 IFQ-Asia, but he was disqualified on the last day when he failed to write a score for the last hole. He insists he will not repeat the same mistake again.

“There are no excuses for me (two years ago),” he said. “I just didn't play well after shooting a 66 on the first day. I was so excited but unfortunately I couldn't keep up. My score would have been three-over if I wasn't disqualified.”

With a hot putter in tow, Siddikur traded seven birdies and one bogey to lead the way with the talented Matsuyama, who is a two-time Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship winner and became the first Japanese amateur to play in the Masters Tournament in 2011.

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