Gritty Bhullar stays positive in Japan

Wed 23 Sep 2015

Gritty Bhullar stays positive in Japan

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Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, September 23: Gaganjeet Bhullar of India hopes his hard work will pay off when he tees off at the Asia-Pacific Open Mitsubishi Diamond Cup which starts on Thursday.
The five-time Asian Tour winner made only one cut in nine appearances this year but he is confident of turning the corner at the Y150 million (approximately US$1.2 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
[pullquote align="left"]I need to have some patience and things will come back soon - Gaganjeet Bhullar[/pullquote]Bhullar will be joined at the Otone Country Club by defending champion Hiroyuki Fujita of Japan, an in-form Roy Ishikawa, who won in Japan last week, S.S.P. Chawrasia of India, Jason Knutzon of the United States, who finished tied second last year, and 2011 Order of Merit winner Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines.
The 27-year-old Bhullar believes he will bounce back from an uncharacteristic run of poor results after working tirelessly on a new swing change.
“I’ve been practising almost every day for a good three to four months. There’s no reason in general why I haven’t made as many cuts as I would like to. I didn’t make a big swing change; it was more of working on my basics, the stance and posture. Once I get that in my head then you will start seeing the results,” said Bhullar.
“I was facing a problem with my driver on the right to left holes. That was the motive behind the change. The main principal of golf is to repeat it over and over again. I’m trying to make it easier so I can keep repeating it,” he explained.
Jason Knutzon of Canada Jason Knutzon of Canada
Playing in his eighth year on the Asian Tour, Bhullar knows he has to stay patient and keep a cool head. “For me, patience is important. I need to have some patience and things will come back soon. I’ve played a lot of golf and the more I play, the more mature I get. This will help me in the long run and staying patient is what I’m trying to do,” said Bhullar.
Title holder Fujita is delighted to return to the venue of his victory last year. The 46-year-old hopes to continue his momentum after making four consecutive cuts which includes two top-10 results.
“I really hope I can play like how I played last year. There are times when I can’t seem to control my shots and putts. If I hit the ball to where I want it to be then I’m confident that I can walk away with a good score. My only concern now is if I can’t control my ball,” said Fujita.
Pagunsan, whose only Asian Tour win was in 2007, is determined to repeat last year’s performance where he finished in tied ninth place.
“So far my game is good. I was struggling before but it seems to be coming along nicely. It is nice to be here because there are a lot of my old friends playing. I need to boost my rankings on the Japan Golf Tour so this will be a good week to do so. I’ll try my best,” said the Filipino.
Currently ranked 17th on the Order of Merit, Knutzon, who finished two shots behind Fujita last year, is aiming to qualify for the CIMB Classic in October and WGC-HSBC Champions in November which are staged in Malaysia and China respectively.
Juvic Pagunsan of Philippines Juvic Pagunsan of Philippines
As of October 26, the leading four golfers from the Order of Merit will earn starting places in the US$8.5 million HSBC Champions while the leading 10 players will qualify for the US$7 million CIMB Classic.
“It was cool to be in the mix last year. It is always fun to be in contention. We got a great run coming up on the Asian Tour. A lot of people are looking forward to a lot of big events. I like to work my way into the CIMB Classic. To do that, I just need to get into the mix more often,” said Knutzon, a two-time Asian Tour winner.
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