Poor finish costs Siddikur the chance to become first Bangladesh golfer to play at The Open

Last Updated: 01/03/13 3:52pm

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Siddikur: Dropped three shots in last four holes at International Final Qualifying Asia

Siddikur: Dropped three shots in last four holes at International Final Qualifying Asia

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Siddikur's bid to become the first Bangladesh golfer to qualify for the Open Championship suffered late heartbreak at International Final Qualifying Asia in Bangkok.

The overnight joint-leader dropped three shots over the last four holes, carding a double-bogey at the 17th after landing his tee shot in a lake.

Siddikur's one-over 73 left him in a tie for ninth on five under as Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Hideki Matsuyama, Daisuke Maruyama and Wu Ashun clinched places in the field at Muirfield in July.

Thailand's Aphibarnrat emerged a convincing four-shot winner of the 36-hole event at Amata Spring Country Club after he fired a superb nine-under 63 to finish on 13 under par.

Japanese amateur Matsuyama, who missed out on a place at Royal Lytham last year when he dropped six shots in the final three holes of qualifying, suffered another late stutter when he bogeyed 16 and double-bogeyed the 17th.

But he regained his composure to birdie the last and salvage a three-under 69 to claim outright second, while compatriot Maruyama surged up the leaderboard with a sparkling eight-birdie 65.

Maruyama earned his major championship debut as he secured a share of third with Wu, but Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang finished well down the field.

The 14-year-old, who will become the youngest player in history to tee up at the Masters next month, added a 74 to his opening 73 to finish 16 shots behind Aphibarnrat on three over.

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