In Conversation with Siddikur Rahman

Quotes are what make a story, and over the last decade with the Asian Tour, they have formed the cornerstone of Calvin Koh’s literacies

Bangladesh's Siddikur Rahman competes in the men's individual stroke play a during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

While mastering the grammar of golf, the narrative for most golfers on Tour has always been their desire to live their dreams and be the best they can.

Beyond the public relations armoury lies an honest answer.

The casual chit-chats at the players’ lounges and dinner conversations have often provided me with intriguing insights into their background and life as professional golfers.

Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman was not born with a silver spoon. In fact, it was more like there was no spoon. Life was hard, and he worked as a ball boy at Kurmitola Golf Club in Bangladesh at the age of nine. The pittance he earned back then was ‘big money for a poor boy’.

He made his first club with a broken seven-iron head stuck on a metal rod and would always stand behind the professionals while they practised and imitated their swings.

“I even sat there dreaming about how nice it would be to one day playing professionally like them,” he shared.

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