Gangjee itching to end 10-year title drought

Tue 04 Nov 2014

Gangjee itching to end 10-year title drought

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New Delhi, November 4: Rahil Gangjee of India hopes to end a frustrating 10-year wait for a second Asian Tour victory at the US$300,000 Panasonic Open India which gets underway on Thursday.
Ranked 16th on the Order of Merit, the amiable Indian is in high spirits to contend for the title at the Delhi Golf Club, a venue which he knows like the back of his hands.
“A lot of players find this golf course tight but I’ve been playing here since I was 13 or 14 years old. Maybe earlier than that! This course is not daunting for me anymore,” said Gangjee.
After struggling to win again on the region’s premier Tour, Gangjee decided to play on the Web.Com Tour (2011 and 2012) before returning to the Asian Tour in 2013 with renewed vigour.
Scott Barr of Australia Scott Barr of Australia
“It has been a little bit frustrating. I’ve been chasing it for a very long time. In fact, it got to a point when I needed to change Tours. I came back a stronger player. I feel a lot more confident now,” he explained.
“I’ve had a few close encounters. It has got to do with the game not being up to the mark. I’m always thinking positive so it comes down to the game or the course might not suit you. However this course suits my game so it will be a good week,” he added.
While many opt not to hit driver at the tree-lined Delhi course, Gangjee believes he can put the big stick to great effect at the super tight course where golfers are punished for wayward tee shots due to the thick bushes surrounding the course.
“The driver is always in my bag. I hit about six or seven drivers on this golf course. Guys like Rashid Khan, Chiragh Kumar – they find it really easy on this course. For someone coming here for a first or second time, the course is really tough because you don’t get a golf course like this anywhere in the world,” said Gangjee.
He will contend against a strong line-up of Asian Tour stars this week who include title holder Wade Ormsby of Australia, two-time Asian number one Thaworn Wiratchant, S.S.P. Chowrasia of India, a two-time Asian Tour winner and popular Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman.
While Gangjee has already secured full playing rights for next season, Scott Barr of Australia hopes a more relaxed approach will help him turn the corner. Currently ranked 48th on the Order of Merit, Barr needs to remain inside the top-60 on the final Order of Merit to retain his card for next year.
“I struggled in the last few weeks so I’m looking forward to playing on a golf course which I’m familiar with. I want to stay calm, have a bit of ‘zen’ and relax. I want to keep in the presence and keep as cool as a cucumber this week,” he smiled.
“My Order of Merit position has been on my mind for quite a while now. It is not a position that I want to be in but we still have a long way to go. I want to start playing some solid golf,” said Barr, who has never finished outside the top-60 on the Order of Merit since 2004.
Meanwhile George Gandranata of Indonesia, a four-time winner on the local circuit this year, will play at the Delhi course for the second time in his career after finishing tied 18th at the SAIL-SBI Open in March.
“The golf course is nice and it is beautiful. The greens are fast so overall it will be a good week. I’m hitting it a lot of better. On this course, you got to execute the right shots at the right time. It will be a daunting task this week,” he said.
George Gandranata of Indonesia George Gandranata of Indonesia
The 2014 Panasonic Open India, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGTI, is staged in its fourth straight year. Past winners include India’s Anirban Lahiri and Digvijay Singh.
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