Rahman feels good ahead of IO

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Rahman will have a tough task ahead of him at the $US1.5 million event; there is an incredibly strong field at the tournament which has been co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours. Among those competing at the Indian Open are Miguel Angel Jimenez, home favourite, Anirban Lahiri, Australia's Scott Hend, Prom Meesawat of Thailand, and Angelo Que.

In addition, the Bangladeshi has been in poor form, missing the cut at the last two tournaments he competed in. However, Rahman is hopeful he can do well at the tournament.

Rahman said: "I feel at peace and happy here. I don't feel any pressure even though I'm defending my title this week. When you do bad or good, it is part of golf. I learn a lot from my mistakes and that has helped me improve.

"I feel great because I have good memories on this course. I played one of my best golf in my career at the 2013 Hero Indian Open. This is my favourite golf course and I'm looking forward to this week."

He added: "My coach is with me and he is motivating me. According to my stats, I'm not hitting enough greens in regulation. That's my strongest point in the past. My short game is there but I'm not finding enough greens to go low."