Bhullar eyes 'Major' win at Hero Indian Open

Tue 29 Oct 2013

Bhullar eyes 'Major' win at Hero Indian Open

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New Delhi, October 29: Local hero Gaganjeet Bhullar will be aiming to play his way into the history books by becoming the champion at the 50th Hero Indian Open next month, an event he calls as his “fifth Major.”
The 26-year-old, currently third on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, will be fired up to produce a winning performance at the Delhi Golf Club from November 7 to 10 when his national championship celebrates its golden edition.
He will be amongst the home stars who include Arjun Atwal, Anirban Lahiri and Jyoti Randhawa, who will be keen to wrest the Hero Indian Open title away from defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand.
“I think it’s a great achievement that the Hero Indian Open has gone so far ahead. It’s one of the strongest events on the Asian Tour and everybody looks forward to playing at the Delhi Golf Club,” said Bhullar.
“It’ll be a good achievement for me to play in the 50th edition and Delhi Golf Club is always one of my favourite courses. I’ve been in contention there a few times and I’m looking forward to play there again.”
Bhullar recalls watching his first Indian Open when Randhawa, who is a three-time champion, triumphed at the Delhi Golf Club. “When I was about 13, I pretty much remembered Jyoti winning the Indian Open. At that time, we can only dream of playing on the Asian Tour and now, we are on the Asian tour,” said Bhullar, who is a four-time winner on the Asian Tour.
“It’s a great achievement for us. The Indian Open is the fifth major for us. All the hopes are definitely positive and I’ll be giving it 100 per cent. It’ll mean a lot if I can win the 50th Indian Open. You’ll go into the history books.
“I’m not sure I’ll be alive to see the 100th Indian Open. Everyone would certainly remember the 50th champion. These are the things that players want to strive for, including myself,” he added.
With Hero MotoCorp title sponsoring the Indian Open and also being one of his personal sponsors, Bhullar knows that a victory would also repay the faith that Hero MotoCorp has put on him.
“Mr Pawan Munjal (CEO of Hero MotoCorp) has been supporting me for the last four to five years. He’s one of the biggest sponsors of Indian sports and it’ll be really good to play in front of our home fans and our sponsors. Nothing will beat winning your home title for your sponsors,” said Bhullar.
“Delhi Golf Club is a name that scares a lot of foreign players. But for us, we are from that golf course. We’ve found a way to play there. I’ve had decent finishes over the years, I’ve been contention a few times but I’ve never got the opportunity to win. This time, I’m feeling really positive. I’m striking the ball good and if my putter becomes friendly, I’m sure I’ll be right up there.”
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About Hero Indian Open
The Hero Indian Open (Golf) is India’s longest running international sports competition and is held annually on the Asian Tour. Started in 1964, it has now been held for 49 years and celebrates its golden jubilee in 2013. With a total prize purse of US$1.25 million and featuring top Indian and international golfers, the Hero Indian Open is the flagship event of Indian golf.
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.