Bangladesh's Rahman thrilled with top-three finish in Germany

Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman was delighted with a brilliant final round of 68 that gave him a share of third place at the European Open in Hamburg on Sunday.

Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh, the world number 394, had never before finished in the top ten of a European Tour event not co-sanctioned by an Asian tour
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh, the world number 394, had never before finished in the top ten of a European Tour event not co-sanctioned by an Asian tour (AFP)

Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman was delighted with a brilliant final round of 68 that gave him a share of third place at the European Open in Hamburg on Sunday.

The world number 394 had never before finished in the top ten of a European Tour event not co-sanctioned by an Asian tour, but held his nerve to finish at 11 under par for the tournament.

"It was a really great day. I could never have expected this day today, but I was very fortunate," he told europeantour.com.

"My hitting was good, especially my putting was really, really good all four days.

"I'm really happy, especially with today's round."

Rahman, 32, finished second in the Bangladesh Open earlier this year, but this was the biggest result of his career so far.

He almost made a mess of the par-five 18th hole after an errant tee shot and a second that found the hazard, but he pulled himself together to grab a miraculous par and stay in the tie for third.

"I knew I couldn't get there in two, so had to take three. So I told myself, 'no problem, let's go for three'... But unfortunately the second shot was a little left and in the hazard," he said.

"But I told myself, 'there's still a long way to go, one good shot, one good putt, no problem'.

"The fourth shot was really good, it was very crowded and I was really inspired by the clapping. Afterwards that putt was memorable, I made that and it was very wonderful."