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Updated: October 18, 2012 01:46 IST

Gaganjeet Bhullar — brimming with confidence

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Gaganjeet Bhullar. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
Gaganjeet Bhullar. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

“Golf is a funny game” said Gaganjeet Bhullar, currently the hottest property in Indian golf and winner of two Asian Tour titles in the last one month.

Bhullar the 24-year-old from Kapurthala is in Bangalore for the Hero Indian Open, beginning at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) course from Thursday.

“I am playing well, and probably the best golf of my life in the last few weeks and has won some morale-boosting titles over the last three years” said the talented pro, who has four Asian Tour titles to his credit and is presently fifth in the Order of Merit.

“But sadly the transition to the next level is not happening. I played a couple of junior events with Rory McIlroy in South Africa during our early days. But look today he is the World No. 1 and I am somewhere in the 120’s” Bhullar said.

“Even after six long years he remembers me by name but the gap between the two of us is yawning” he said.

“In the recent past my hitting has improved tremendously and I’ve been ‘putting’ well too.

“And the results are there for all to see. I only hope to continue playing well over the week and in the few events lined-up in the coming weeks and finish the year well”.

“I spent two years in the European Qualifying School the last two years but this time around it will be in Japan.

“Many stalwarts have come through from there and now figure in the top 50 in the world including India’s very own Jeev Milkha Singh.

“Bangalore’s Anirban Lahiri, Himmat Singh Rai and myself - all of us have been doing wonderfully well in the recent times and it’s time we shouldered the responsibility of carrying the game forward in the country and world over.”

About the current crop of golfers in India: “There are lots of talents emerging from various corners in India and it’s a healthy sign.

Anybody amongst the 15-20 top players can win any tournament any time. The competition today is that much keener.”

On the Indian Open this year: “The foreign challengers are also good and raring but my bet is on an Indian golfer winning the title.

We who play on the Indian Tour regularly know this course much better than most others and should do well over the next four days.”

About the course: “KGA has always provided the best facilities. The rough is up but the greens are brilliant and plays true.

One needs to keep the ball in play here and the results will come” said the player who is now ranked 10th in Asia.

On the Indian Open moving South: “It’s very interesting and little surprising too. It was always either in Delhi or Kolkata and having it in rotation is a good thing.

The food, culture, hospitality everything changes from place to place and it’s indeed welcome.”


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