Bangladeshi 'Tiger' desperate to earn Olympic stripes

Mon Feb 1, 2016 4:33am EST
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By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - While former world number one Adam Scott dismisses the value of an Olympic gold medal, Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman is unequivocal about its importance to the wider world ahead of the sport's return at the Rio Games later this year.

The self-taught world number 310, dubbed the 'Bangladeshi Tiger Woods' at home, has never competed at one of golf's four major championships, meaning the Olympics, should he qualify, would easily stand out as the pinnacle of his career.

"Wow, yes, It would be very exciting for me if I can get in," the 31-year-old told Reuters during a rain delay at the recent Singapore Open.

"Obviously I have a target for that, I just need to play better to get in. It would be a very good impact for my country to get into it."

The top 15 players in the world rankings on July 11 will qualify automatically for the Aug. 5-21 Games but only four can come from any one country.

The remainder of the 60-man field will be determined by the rankings, with a maximum of two players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top 15.

Siddikur currently sits 58th on the list, just inside the qualification spots.