Sentosa, Singapore, September 11: Indian star Gaganjeet Bhullar is proud to call the Asian Tour his ‘home’, the Tour which gave him the platform to rise in his career.
Bhullar joined the Asian Tour in 2006 and he enjoyed a highly successful career where he notched five Asian Tour victories before the age of 26. A ligament tear in his left wrist in 2014 curtailed his career but he bounced back in style.
He ended a three-year title drought before winning the 2016 Shinhan Donghae Open which he will defend this week. He also won the Indonesia Open last year for his seventh Asian Tour title.
“The Asian Tour means home to me,” said the 29-year-old Bhullar. “This is the place where I started playing golf. I have competed on this Tour for the last 10 years and I have won seven times. It’s a great sense of achievement for me.”
“Everyone is so friendly on Tour and without these things that I learned on Tour, I wouldn’t have gone anywhere far in my life. Playing on Tour has given me much confidence and helped grow my game on the international level,” Bhullar added.
“The Asian Tour is no longer a secondary Tour. It’s a premier tour and I think the future is really bright. We have a lot of youngsters coming out…these guys will make some noise,” he said.
The Indian, who was also honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2013, said it his passion in golf which continues to drive him to success.
“I think it’s the passion. It’s the drive which i have to attain my success level and to attain my goal. I still get nervous when I step on the tee box on Thursday of tournament weeks. I enjoy that adrenaline rush. It is something which keeps me going and it is something that I have to learn to cope with for the rest of my life,” Bhullar explained.
After playing against the best in the world of golf, Bhullar believes the Asian Tour can provide him with the springboard to play his way onto the European Tour and PGA Tour.
“You get to play with a lot of good names on the Asian Tour. You get the best players of Japan, the best players of the European Tour and with the CIMB Classic being a PGA Tour event, you get to play against players from the United States. Getting into the World Golf Championships are also great opportunities we get through playing on the Asian Tour.
“I played two solid years on the European Tour before I injured my wrist and subsequently lost my status. I am feeling confident and good, given the way I performed last year so gaining back my card in Europe is definitely on the back of my mind.
“But having said that, my ultimate aim is definitely to play on the PGA Tour. I am going to work really hard. I’m working really hard. I have got a new coach and a new team to support me. Everybody’s giving their hundred percent and I think now it’s time for me to deliver on the bigger stage now,” said Bhullar.
About Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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