Playing among the eight individuals is scheduled to be Siddikur Rahman, marking Bangladesh’s first player in the World Cup. He won the 2010 Brunei Open and has finished in the top 20 on the Asian Order of Merit the past three seasons.
“It will be an historic moment for our country,” Siddikur said. “I’ve played in the qualifiers before, but have never made it into the event proper, so this is just great.”
“Golf is getting more popular and people do recognize me along the streets back home. I feel proud to be the flag-bearer for golf in my country,” he added.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Lin Wen-tang has withdrawn from the World Cup with a left wrist injury.
Asian Tour officials said yesterday that Lin injured his wrist while playing last weekend at the Manila Masters. He had only received his visa to travel to Australia on Friday last week with some fast-track assistance from the manager at the Manila course, who is Australian.
Lin will be replaced by Oscar Fraustro of Mexico, who will be one of 10 players, including Vijay Singh, competing only in the individual stroke play portion of the World Cup.