Healthy Bhullar ready for action

Tue 02 Dec 2014

Healthy Bhullar ready for action

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Jakarta, December 2: It will be a case of ‘cast off and gloves on’ for Gaganjeet Bhullar of India when he defends his title at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open which gets underway on Thursday.
After tearing a ligament in his left wrist in September, Bhullar was in a cast for 21 days and will make a welcome return to the US$750,000 Asian Tour event after being side lined for nearly two months.
Bhullar will be joined by three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland, who is playing in Indonesia for the first time in his career, six-time Asian Tour champion Scott Hend of Australia and local favourite George Gandranata at the Damai Indah Golf, Pantai Indah Kapuk course.
“It was a frustrating time sitting at home and doing nothing. I did a lot of physiotherapy and acupressure therapy to recover. Now I can hit my driver and three wood without any restrictions,” said the 26-year-old Bhullar.
Padraig Harrington of Ireland Padraig Harrington of Ireland
The injury has kept him away from playing regularly but he is excited to return to Indonesia, a country where he won his first Asian Tour tournament in 2009.
“The feeling is quite different because I’m one of those guys who love to play in a lot of tournaments. I think the last two years I’ve played close to 30 or 35 tournaments a year. It is quite a challenging time for me but Indonesia is close to my heart. I had a lot of good finishes here I’m looking forward to play some good golf again,” said Bhullar.
Harrington, whose last win was at the 2012 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, has sorted his putting issues but reckons he needs to ‘get his head in the right place’ to contend for the BANK BRI Indonesia Open title.
“The key for me is to get my head in the right place this week. My putting has come around so I have to play more golf now to give myself an opportunity. I’ll be more focussed on my mental game more than anything else this week,” said the 43-year-old Irishman.
Harrington praised the development of golf in the region, saying the young Asian golfers have a bright future ahead.
“One of the most interesting things coming over to the Asian Tour is how it has developed since 1997. When I first came out to Asia, the really good players tend to come from a caddy background with unique golf swings.
“The young Asian players that I see now are coached and they have beautiful golf swings and strike the ball really well. I think if you merge a really good ball striker and someone with a strong and good character, you will have a world champion who will win many Major tournaments,” Harrington explained.
After missing only two cuts in 11 Asian Tour appearances this season, home favourite Gandranata is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Kasiadi, who is the only local player to win the Indonesia Open title in 1989.
Gaganjeet Bhullar of India Gaganjeet Bhullar of India
“The game of golf in Indonesia is growing and a lot of kids are playing golf at a higher level. Hopefully I can show and be a good example to them this week. I will attack the course according to my plan and skills,” said Gandranata, who won four titles on the local circuit this year.
Big-hitting Hend secured his first Asian Tour title at the Damai Indah Golf, Pantai Indah Kapuk course in 2008 before going on to win five other Asian Tour events. However, a back injury which he sustained last week might scupper his chances of lifting the title.
“I have fond memories on this golf course and I enjoy coming to Indonesia. I have to get over my back injury. There’s a lot of stiff competition this week and obviously Gaganjeet has some fond memories on this golf course as well. Let’s see what happens,” said Hend.
About BANK BRI
Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) is one of Indonesia’s state-owned banks and was incorporated on December 16, 1895. Bank BRI is a public listed company and is amongst the top listed companies at the Indonesian Stock Exchange. Bank BRI has served more than 50 million customers and has over 10,000 outlets and more than 100,000 e-Channel network spread all over Indonesia. For more information about Bank BRI, please visit www.bri.co.id
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
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 Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) 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.