Bhullar and Lahiri ready to make an impact

Tue 22 Oct 2013

Bhullar and Lahiri ready to make an impact

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Kuala Lumpur, October 22: India’s rising star Gaganjeet Bhullar will have his sights set on the Asian Tour Order of Merit crown when he competes at the lucrative US$7 million CIMB Classic which starts on Thursday.
Bhullar, ranked third on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, trails current Merit leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand by more than US$400,000 but he hopes to narrow the gap with a solid result at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
“Kiradech is pretty far ahead of all of us.  But every penny counts on Tour.  The winner's check is around US$1 million.  And if you win this thing, apart from winning the Order of Merit, there are other perks to enjoy.  Definitely I'm going to keep my head stable to be in contention on Sunday,” said the four-time Asian Tour winner.
Bhullar, highly regarded as one of the most exciting players in Asia, will have Spanish stalwart Sergio Garcia and flamboyant Rickie Fowler of the United States for company in the opening two rounds.
He is targeting another top finish this week after ending his campaign last season as the best placed Asian player in tied 10th position.
“I've got a good pairing on Thursday and Friday, I've been paired up with Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler.  So obviously I think it's going to be fun and interesting first two days.
“I've always got good memories of playing with some of the top players in the world. So goals are definitely to be in the top. This is definitely one of my favourite golf courses on the Asian Tour.  I've played well here, and I just want to try to give my hundred percent this week,” said Bhullar.
Anirban Lahiri, a three-time Asian Tour winner, hopes to carry his fine form into the CIMB Classic after finishing second and one-shot ahead of Ernie Els of South Africa at the Venetian Macau Open on Sunday.
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
“It's always good to come into a big event with some confidence behind you. When you play a couple of good tournaments with low rounds, it helps you to believe in yourself and do even better,” said Lahiri, who finished in tied 26th last year.
Lahiri, ranked seventh on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, is gearing for a big week as the winner will receive playing exemptions on the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR and earn a spot at the 2014 Masters Tournament.
“Personally, it's obviously a great opportunity for all of us.  The way I look at it is you get a good performance in right now, and can you open up a lot of doors.  You can open up like America, for instance, if you play well enough, maybe get some kind of status, some conditional status if anything else, even if you don't win,” he said.
“Even otherwise it's a very important week if you want to make an impact on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.  There are a lot of bonuses there if you win Order of Merit or finish top three.  So all of us here are trying to make a big impact this week,” added Lahiri.
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About CIMB Group
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately US$18.4 billion as at 31 Jul 2013 and over 42,000 employees located in 17 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments on the three Tours generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.86 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.