Bhullar eyes Indian Open title - The New Indian Express

Bhullar eyes Indian Open title

Published: 16th October 2012 11:05 AM

Last Updated: 16th October 2012 11:05 AM

Gaganjeet Bhullar has two titles in his bag al­ready and he has now set his si­ghts higher. Coming in fresh fr­­om his win at the Venetian Ma­­­­cau Open, Bhullar, knows th­at even the Asian Tour Ord­­e­r of Merit is within his reach this season.

For the moment his sights a­re set on the Hero Indian O­pen this week. “It is always a matter of pride to play and w­in the National Open. Last ye­ar I was unwell and I want t­­o make up for that,” said Bhullar. The Asian Tour is in Ba­­n­galore this week for the $1.25 mi­llion Hero Indian Open wh­­ere title holder David Gle­­e­son of Australia will lead an e­lite cast along with homet­o­w­n heroes that include three-ti­­me Indian Open winner, Jy­­oti Randhawa, Bangalore’s ve­­ry own Anirban Lahiri, Shiv K­apur, Himmat Rai and former champion C Muniyappa, als­o from the Karnataka Golf As­­sociation course, where the ev­ent will be held this week.

“The two wins, multiple ca­­t­­egory right now, winning the Order of Merit would be nice,” sa­id Bhullar, who moved to fi­­f­­th place on the Order of Me­­rit after earning $118,875 fr­­om his fourth Asian Tour vict­ory in Macau. Three Indians h­ave won the Asian Tour Ord­er of Merit in the past – Jyoti Ra­ndhawa (2002), Arjun Atwal (2003) and Jeev Milkha Si­ngh (2006 and 2008) – and n­ow Bhullar feels he is ready t­o join that elite group.

Like many of his generation who grew up playing golf, Bhullar looked up to a host of golf greats to inspire him to reach the upper echelons of the game. Korea’s KJ Choi and American Ben Curtis are names that resonate well with Bhullar and the three played together recently at the CJ Invitational in Korea.

“There’re a lot of big weeks co­ming up. Singapore, Hong K­ong, Johor and the Indian Op­en, Obviously, it’s not that f­ar (from his position on the O­rder of Merit) and a few go­­o­d weeks can help my ranking re­­ach number one,” added B­hullar.

“Jeev has set targets for us and I would say we need to work really hard.”

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