Brilliant Bhullar sizzles with 64 in Indonesia

Thu 28 Nov 2013

Brilliant Bhullar sizzles with 64 in Indonesia

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Jakarta, November 28: Gaganjeet Bhullar charged into a two-shot lead at the Indonesia Open after shooting an opening seven-under-par 64 on Thursday, in a country where he won his first Asian Tour title in 2009.
The tenacious Indian, who is playing in his 10th straight event, held an edge over the chasing pack after shooting a flawless round highlighted by seven birdies at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
Young guns Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand and Nicholas Fung of Malaysia, who finished tied fifth in the Philippines two weeks ago, continued to shine as they stayed two shots back from Bhullar.
They are tied for second alongside Americans Anthony Kang and Berry Henson, Korean Mo Joong-kyung and Malaysia’s Shaaban Hussin at the Pantai Indah Kapuk course at Damai Indah Golf.
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, a three-time Order of Merit winner, was a further shot back in tied eighth while two-time Major champion Retief Goosen of South Africa struggled to a 72 for tied 59th.
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
Playing in Indonesia has brought out the best in Bhullar, who missed only one fairway and was equally dominant on the greens where he made 27 putts. Ranked sixth on the Order of Merit, Bhullar burst into the sole lead when he sank five straight birdies from the fourth hole.
“The way I’ve been striking the ball from the first tee, I knew I could go low because my striking was right up there. Once my putts started falling, that’s when I went really low,” said the four-time Asian Tour winner.
He insists that he is prepared to make amends after finishing last among the elite 60-man field at the World Cup of Golf in Australia last week.
“Mentally I know that I always try to win every tournament I play in. I didn’t play bad at all last week. It was just a matter of a few bad bounces. I wasn’t upset with my performance because I was hitting the ball good. It is only a matter of time before my short game improved and it happened today,” said Bhullar.
Jazz, who celebrated his 18th birthday four days ago, continued his encouraging form and was motivated by the splendid performance by his playing partner Bhullar.
“Playing in the same group as Gaganjeet helped me because he motivated me to play well. My result in Manila has given me a lot of confidence coming into this week,” said Jazz, who carded six birdies against one bogey.
Kang, a three-time Asian Tour winner but not since 2009, stayed in touch with the leader after battling to a round of six birdies and one bogey.
“I find the course to be very difficult so I’m very happy with my round. There have been a few hits and misses but overall, my game is in shape. I’ve made five consecutive cuts so hopefully I can continue to play well,” said Kang.
The 39th edition of Indonesia’s national championship, which has a rich and illustrious history dating back to its first edition in 1974, is the nation’s oldest golf tournament.
Fans from around the world can also watch these world class golfers in action through the live broadcast on the Asian Tour Media platform. Asian Tour Media will produce 16 hours of live coverage from the event which will be seen across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America plus further coverage and distribution generated via the highlights and magazine programmes from
Retief Goosen of South Afric Retief Goosen of South Afric
the event, resulting in global media exposure for all the sponsors involved in this prestigious tournament.
The 2013 Indonesia Open is supported by some of the most recognisable domestic and international brands, which include BANK BRI, Total E&P Indonesie, Japfa, PT. Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, JS Luwansa Hotel & Convention Center, Pertamina, Harum Energy, Bintang, Sequislife, Subway, Beringer, Mazda, Srixon, Loewe, Danone, Hypernet, Ricoh, White Horse and Maui Jim.
For more details on the 2013 Indonesia Open, please visit the official tournament website www.indonesiaopen.net or its Facebook page www.facebook.com/indonesiaopengolf.
Scores after round 1 of the Indonesia Open 2013 being played at the par 71, 7100 Yards Damai Indah GC course (a- denotes amateur):
64 - Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND).
66 - Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA), Anthony KANG (USA), MO Joong-kyung (KOR), Nicholas FUNG (MAS), Berry HENSON (USA), Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS).
67 - Sam BRAZEL (AUS), David LIPSKY (USA), Sujjan SINGH (IND), Prom MEESAWAT (THA), Thongchai JAIDEE (THA), Chapchai NIRAT (THA).
68 - KIM Gi-whan (KOR), Rory HIE (INA), Zaw MOE (MYN), Chan KIM (USA), Carlos PIGEM (ESP), Mardan MAMAT (SIN), Lionel WEBER (FRA), Chris RODGERS (ENG).
69 - Dodge KEMMER (USA), Kalle SAMOOJA (FIN), Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND), Chawalit PLAPHOL (THA), Kwanchai TANNIN (THA), Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA), David LUTTERUS (AUS), Alex CEJKA (GER).
About Persatuan Golf Indonesia
Persatuan Golf Indonesia (PGI) is the National Golf Association which is the sole authority in charge of the national amateur golf in the country that was founded on April 8, 1966. In addition to shelter under the R&A Scotland, PGI is also a member of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) which consists of 28 similar associations in the Asia Pacific region.
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.