Bhullar eyes hat trick heroics in Indonesia

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India

Jakarta, October 19: Indian star Gaganjeet Bhullar will be bidding to become the first player to win the Indonesia Open three times when the US$300,000 full-field Asian Tour event returns with new presenting sponsors next week.

Bhullar will lead a host of stars, including Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant, Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang and India’s rising star Ajeetesh Sandhu, to his winning ground at the Pondok Indah Golf Course from October 26 to 29.

“There are always positive vibes on me when I go to Indonesia. I will always end up playing well, especially at that golf course, which is one the best that I have played in a long time,” said the 29-year-old Bhullar.

Bhullar returned to complete three remaining holes on Monday last year after play was abandoned due to bad weather on Sunday. He won by three shots for his seventh Asian Tour victory which was also his second one in two months.

“I remembered playing really well from tee to green last year. The putter was hot and it gave me the opportunity to get off to a good start and eventually win the tournament.

“It wasn’t easy for me to close the deal but I was just feeling positive playing in Indonesia. I was on good form too, having just won in Korea before that. I look forward to return to Indonesia next week,” Bhullar added.

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India

Bhullar became the fifth player after Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Frank Nobilo of New Zealand, Frankie Minoza of the Philippines and Lu Hsi-chuen of Chinese Taipei to win the prestigious event twice.

While a stellar cast is set to light up the Indonesia Open next week, officials also announced, in an exciting development of the tournament, the new presenting sponsors who are supporting the event this year.

The storied event will be backed by Indonesian State owned Enterprises company, namely Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and Telkom Indonesia.

Mr. Murdaya Widyawimarta Po, President of Persatuan Golf Indonesia, the national golf association of Indonesia said: “On behalf of our association, I would like to thank all the presenting sponsors for their outstanding support. Our national championship is a very important event and we are very excited with its return on the Asian Tour next week.

“We hope this event will go a long way in the development of golf not only in the country but also across the region. It will be a great opportunity for Indonesian golfers, both professionals and amateurs, as they get to compete against the best players from the Asian Tour.”

Josh Burack, CEO of the Asian Tour, expressed his appreciation: “On behalf of our talented players, I would also like to extend our deepest appreciation to all the presenting sponsors for their commitment and support.

“The Indonesia Open is one of the most popular national Opens in Asia. We believe this is a wonderful sign for the development and growth of professional golf in Asia and we are confident our players will continue to excite the local galleries next week.”


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About Bank Rakyat Indonesia

Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) is one of the largest state-owned banks in Indonesia. BRI was established in Purwokerto, Central Java, by Raden Bei Aria Wirjaatmadja as De Poerwokertosche Hulp en Spaarbank der Inlandsche Hoofden or “Help and Savings Bank of the Aristocrats of Purwokerto”, a financial institution that served people of Indonesian nationality (native Indonesians). The institution was incorporated on December 16, 1895, and the date is now commemorated as the anniversary of BRI.

About Bank Negara Indonesia

Established on 5 July 1946, BNI was Indonesia’s first national bank after Indonesia’s independence. With over 1,800 branches in Indonesia, along with overseas branches in over 18 million customers. BNI constantly strives towards being a financial institution with excellence in service and performance, while believing in a strong corporate culture. With over 27,000 employees, BNI believes that its employees are the most valuable asset of the company, and actively aims to create the best conditions and work experience for its employees. For more information, visit

About Bank Mandiri

Bank Mandiri was established on 2 October 1998, as part of the bank restructuring program of the Government of Indonesia. In July 1999, four state-owned banks – Bank Bumi Daya, Bank Dagang Negara, Bank Exim and Bapindo – were amalgamated into Bank Mandiri. The history of these four banks can be traced back to over 140 years, and together they had contributed to thebeginning of the Indonesian banking sector.

About Bank Tabungan Negara

PT Bank Tabungan Negara (Persero) Tbk is an Indonesia-based company primarily engaged in banking sector. It operates its bank under the name Bank BTN. Its products include saving accounts, current accounts and fixed deposits. It also offers various loans, such as home loan, investment loan and working capital loan. Besides conventional banking, it also offers Shariah-compliant banking services. Its office network is comprised of branches and sub-branches that are located across Indonesia.

About Telkom Group

In order to advance to digital telco company, Telkom is transforming its organization from four segments TIMES (Telecommunication, Information, Media, Edutainment and Services) based on digital business adjacent portfolio to Customer Facing Unit and Functional Unit model, or CFU and FU. The transformation will make Telkom’s organization more lean and agile in adapting to changes in the fast-changing telecommunications industry. The new organization is also expected to increase its efficiency and effectiveness to create a quality customers experience.