Bullish Bhullar ready to strike again #IndoOpenGolf

Tue 15 Nov 2016

Bullish Bhullar ready to strike again #IndoOpenGolf

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Jakarta, November 15: Gaganjeet Bhullar of India hopes to make it a truly memorable year by winning the US$300,000 BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open which starts on Thursday.


Bhullar, who won his sixth Asian Tour title in Korea last month, is determined to continue his renaissance after struggling with a wrist injury since his win at the Indonesia Open in 2013.


A return to Indonesia, where he won his first Asian Tour title in 2009, will give him an extra spring in his step when he challenges for the prestigious trophy at the Pondok Indah Golf Course.


Gagaajeet Bhullar of India Gagaajeet Bhullar of India


“I won this event in 2013 and I have fond memories in Indonesia. In fact I finished in fifth place at the Indonesian Masters last month so I always enjoy my time here,” said the 28-year-old Bhullar.


“What do I remember from my win in 2013? I remember the golden trophy afforded to the champion. I want to win it again. That’s what I really want to achieve to end the 2016 on a high note,” added the Indian.


A total of 21 Asian Tour winners will assemble at the BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open which includes Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, Carlos Pigem of Spain and Jeev Milkha Singh of India.


With the season coming to an end, Bhullar believes many players are eager for a good result. “You cannot take anything for granted on the Asian Tour. The guys are all coming out here trying to save their card this week or win the tournament to gain a country exemption. You never know who will win.”


Akinori Tani of Japan, playing in his first Asian Tour event this year after injuring his neck at the end of the 2015 season, will play at the BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open without any expectations.


“I hurt my neck and it made my left hand numb. I couldn’t event hold the club at one point. I’ve only played in small events in Japan and with my children!” laughed the Tani, who is half-Taiwanese and speaks fluent Mandarin.


“I’m so happy to receive this sponsor’s invitation by one of the biggest companies (JCB) in Japan. I want to win this tournament for them and represent Japan with pride and honour this week,” added the 2014 Asian Tour Qualifying School winner.


George Gandranata, the leading golfer in Indonesia, the highly rated Danny Masrin, Ian Andrew and Jordan Irawan are among 38 local hopefuls contending at the event which returns on the Asian Tour Schedule after a one-year hiatus.


Akinori Tani of Japan Akinori Tani of Japan


Gandranata, a winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) which is the secondary circuit of the Asian Tour, is determined to become the second Indonesian to win his National Open after Kasiadi’s triumph in 1989.


“I’m proud to play in the BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open. It is every golfers dream to play in their National Open and try to win it. It is different when you play in your country, there’s pressure but I like having the pressure. It motivates me to do better,” said Gandranata.


Gandranata, who won the silver and bronze medals in the team and individual category respectively at the 2011 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, has his eye on claiming the Golden Trophy which is awarded to the winner of the BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open.


“I play to win but it won’t be easy,” said the 30-year-old, who finished tied 15th in the 2014 edition. “I have high hopes in this event and like everybody, I want to win it for my country. Golf is slowly growing but a local winner will increase the popularity of the sport by a few notches.


The 24-year-old Masrin hopes to use his experience of playing on the ADT to good use. He was among four local golfers to make the halfway cut at the Indonesian Masters in October which was a record in the event.


“The standard of golf in the country is growing. We have more local events now and the players are gaining experience by playing in Asian Tour events. The BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open will be another great addition for golfers to be exposed to an international golf tournament,” said Masrin.


“I’ve been playing well lately and I hope to continue the momentum. It gives me great pride to play in the Indonesia Open. It will be a challenging week with so many great Asian Tour players but I will focus on my own game and hopefully have a chance at the weekend,” he added.


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About BANK BRI


Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BANK BRI) is one of the banks owned by the government of Indonesia and was established in December 16th 1895. At the moment, BANK BRI is classified as a public company and one of the top banks in the Indonesian Stock Exchange. This is shown from international awards received by BANK BRI, Best Domestic Bank in Indonesia 2016 (asiamoney) and was covered in Forbes Global 2000 list 2016. As of today, BANK BRI has served more than 50 million customer, has a total of more than 10.000 outlets and more than 100.000 e-Channel networks in Indonesia. Information on BANK BRI can be accessed through www.bri.co.id.


About JCB


JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. Its acceptance network includes about 31 million merchants and over a million cash advance locations in 190 countries and territories. JCB cards are now issued in 21 countries and territories, with more than 95 million card members. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and cardmember base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide.


Note: Statistics in About JCB are as of March 2016.


For more information, please visit: www.global.jcb/en/


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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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.


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