Bhullar celebrates magical 100 at Ballantine's Championship

Wed 24 Apr 2013

Bhullar celebrates magical 100 at Ballantine's Championship

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Seoul, April 24: Four-time Asian Tour winner Gaganjeet Bhullar of India aims to make his 100th Asian Tour event at the €2,205,000 (Approximately US$2.8 million) Ballantine’s Championship a memorable one when it begins at the Blackstone Golf Club on Thursday.
Like the Asian Tour which is celebrating its 10th season this year, the 24-year-old has also grown in stature since making his debut on the region’s premier Tour in 2007.
Bhullar reinforced his rising star status with two victories in Taipei and Macau last year to end the year with a fifth-placed finish on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, which is also his career-best.
“It has been a great achievement for the Asian Tour and for me. I’ve really grown up as a player on this Tour and I really respect the Asian Tour,” said Bhullar, who is currently second on the Order of Merit.
“This is the Tour where I started playing golf and it really feels good to be playing in my 100th event this week,” added the Indian.
The sixth edition of the Ballantine’s Championship is the first event to be played in Korea on the Asian Tour this season and will be sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Korea PGA.
Bhullar is relishing the opportunity to take on the best players from the European Tour again, having come close by finishing second at the co-sanctioned Avantha Masters on home soil last month.
“This is the only Tour which gives us enough opportunity to go out there and compete with the good players from the European Tour,” said Bhullar.
“I’ve played on this course a few times and to be honest, it really suits my eye. The fairways are quite wide and the greens are a little treacherous. You’ve got to be on the right side of the greens but at the end of the day, long hitters will definitely benefit on this course,” added Bhullar.
While Bhullar has cast an eye on lifting the prestigious Ballantine’s Championship trophy, he is also excited with his newly-established charity foundation where he will help fund promising juniors and amateur golfers from the Indian Golf Union (IGU) circuit who cannot afford to make golf a career option.
“I always feel that it’s important for me to give back to society and this has always been my childhood dream to do something for upcoming golfers and underprivileged kids in India,” said Bhullar.
“The goal is to promote the game of golf in India and hopefully by the end of this year, I’ll be able to pick a few junior kids from the IGU ranking and try to support them financially from their coaching to equipment,” added Bhullar.
Meanwhile Bhullar’s childhood idol, Jeev Milkha Singh is pleased to return to Korea for another shot at glory at the Ballantine’s Championship.
“The Ballantine’s Championship is a good event and it’s in Asia and it’s good for the Asian Tour. I’ve been playing in Korea since 1993 where I’ve enjoyed lots of success and it’s good to be back,” said Singh, who is an Asian Tour honorary member.
Long regarded as the flag bearer for Indian golf, Singh has won six times on the Asian Tour and multiple times on the Japan and European Tours, including last year’s Scottish Open.
Against a strong international field that features Major winners like South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and fellow honorary member Y.E. Yang of Korea, Singh believes that putting will hold the key in deciding the winner in the land of the morning calm this week.
“Courses in Korea are normally very hilly. The key to winning this week is distance control and you’ve got to putt well on these greens. If you’re a good putter, you’ll do well anywhere in the world,” said Singh, who was Asia’s number one in 2006 and 2008.
The Ballantine’s Championship was established in 2008 and builds on Ballantine’s long-standing association with golf.
In addition to the Championship, Ballantine’s sponsors several top-flight players and events, as well as invests in grass-roots activity such as the Golf Fund in China and the Road to the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea.
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About Ballantine’s
Ballantine’s is the No 2 ultra-premium Scotch whisky in Asia, No 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 129 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.
•          Ballantine’s has been title sponsor of the Ballantine’s Championship since 2008
•          Ballantine’s is an official sponsor of the BMW Masters, The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open & The World Cup of Golf
•          The first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played in 1960 at Wentworth Golf Club, England
About Chivas Brothers
Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.
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), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), 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