2013 Stars to Watch: Gaganjeet Bhullar

Wed 06 Feb 2013

2013 Stars to Watch: Gaganjeet Bhullar

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Kuala Lumpur, February 6: Asiantour.com takes a look at the prospects of Gaganjeet Bhullar enjoying another stellar season following two victories in 2012 which propelled him to fifth place on the Order of Merit.
By Chuah Choo Chiang, Media Director
With a steely look in his eyes, reminiscent of the great Jeev Milkha Singh – a two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit – India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar certainly has his sights set on greatness where the world can be at the palm of his hands.
Still only 24 but with four Asian Tour titles already under his belt, including two last season at the Venetian Macau Open and Yeangder Tournament Players Championship, Bhullar will be very expected to dominate again when the 2013 season kicks off later this month.
The young Indian has all the talent in the world to become an Asian Tour Order of Merit champion. It would also not be far-fetched to predict that Bhullar has the ingredients and flair to become a world’s top-10 player in the near future.
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In today’s modern game where power plays a major part between winning or losing, Bhullar can certainly smack the ball to enormous distances – he averaged 297 yards last year to be ranked 11th in the driving distance category.
But what’s more telling is the fact that not only does he drive it long, he can drive it as straight an arrow as well with 78% percent fairways hit in 2012 where he finished second in the category.
His iron play isn’t shabby either with 71 percent of greens hit in regulation where he ranked 12th. If anything, his putting average per round could come down by one or two strokes where he took 29.6 putts per round throughout the entire season.
With his youthful exuberance, Bhullar has a natural knack and ability to attack the pins which is reflected by his 3.72 birdies per round, which put him in the top-10 of the category. If he can knock in his putts more regularly and bring down his putting average, Bhullar will be a dangerous man in any golf tournament.
Bhullar has worked hard throughout his career, starting from the amateur ranks and has a good and friendly rivalry with the likes of countryman Himmat Rai and Anirban Lahiri, who are also winners on the Asian Tour. More importantly, he is level headed and has not let the success cloud his vision for greater achievements.
With the young Indian generation of players pushing one another, the sky is the limit for Bhullar and it will not be a surprise if he goes on to win a couple more tournaments this season, and even perhaps triumph in the bigger co-sanctioned tournaments which will be his main goal this year.