Bhullar Holds Clubhouse Lead

Fri 30 Mar 2012

Bhullar Holds Clubhouse Lead

New Delhi, March 30: Gaganjeet Bhullar of India did not miss a single fairway as he fired a second round five-under-par 67 to take the clubhouse lead at the Panasonic Open India on Friday.

Bhullar, a two-time Asian Tour winner, found all 14 fairways from the tees for a two-day total of five-under-par 139 to take a one shot lead over Wade Ormsby of Australia, who returned with a 67 at the Delhi Golf Club.

Peter Karmis of South Africa, a winner on the Asian Tour, Niall Turner of Ireland and Sanjay Kumar of India were a further shot back in the US$300,000 event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGTI. The second round is yet to be completed.

Starting from the 10th tee, Bhullar got off to a fast start as he sank a 30-foot chip in birdie on the 13th hole and fired an eagle-three on the next hole when his six-iron approach shot landed six feet from the hole.

“I hit the ball really close which was different compared to yesterday. This season has just started and if I compare this season and the last, I feel that I’m hitting the ball better. I did a few changes in my swing and that has been helping in my ball striking,” said Bhullar.

He said a new swing change and extra work put into his short game during the off season is starting to pay off.

“There was just one moment in my swing which I knew was causing me a lot of problems. I just felt that I needed to rectify that to be a good ball striker. I’ve also been practising on my short game a lot and it feels like it is in good shape,” he added.

Ormsby, a former European Tour player, fired a flawless round but conceded that his short game could be sharper.

“I’m not that happy with my chipping and putting. Normally that’s the best part of my game. I’m hitting all my tee shots strongly which is good for me but I wouldn’t mind giving my 20 or 15 footers more chance,” said the Asian Tour Qualifying School graduate.

“I’m quite happy with my score. Obviously yesterday was a tough day and I had to come out and make the most of these conditions,” he added.

The worldwide appeal of the Asian Tour stars and the rich heritage associated with India will be showcased throughout four days of the Panasonic Open India to over 200 countries and 650 million homes across the Live, Highlights, Magazine programmes and via the additional exposure generated by Golfing World.


The Panasonic Open India is also supporting the Golf Foundation to raise funds for the underprivileged through birdie counts. The Golf Foundation is a registered Charitable Society of golfers who want to give back to the game by helping a pool of untapped talent.


The Foundation has created very successful golfers like Ashok Kumar, Rashid Khan and Chikkarangappa to name a few. Shubham Jaglan is presently on the Foundation. He is a seven-year-old prodigy who has won almost all events in his category.


For further information, please contact Doyle De Costa at the Panasonic Open India media centre on +6012 699 1976.


About the Panasonic Open India 2012

The Panasonic Open India, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), will return for its second edition from March 29 to April 1. Local hero Anirban Lahiri will defend the title at the US$300,000 event held at the Delhi Golf Club. The Asian Tour event will be title sponsored by Panasonic India Pte Ltd and supported by Incredible India, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Other sponsors include Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla (Official Hotel), Srixon (Official Ball), Turkish Airlines (co-sponsor), Carlsberg Club Glasses,, GolfPlus Monthly, Inetol Headwear, adidas golfwear and Renault.


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About the Asian Tour

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 Rolex (Official Timekeeper), J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Smartphone and Tablet Partner) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.


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