Kapurthala golfer Bhullar aiming to break into Top-50 by year-end
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Ace Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar is aiming to break into the elite group of world top 50 players and said he would look to be more consistant at the international circuit.
"Getting into top-50 is my goal this year. One needs to be consistent in order to improve on the ranking," said Bhullar, who is the highest ranked India at 93, one place ahead of veteran Jeev Milkha Singh.
"In the month of November and December last year, I saw my ranking get constant boost every week because I scored top-10 (position) continuously in six tournaments during that period," he said on the sidelines of being made the brand ambassador of Jaypee Greens. Top 50 players on the international arena get to play PGA tours and World Golf Championship events. The 24-year-old golfer will be playing for Jaypee Greens, who owns the Greater Noida franchise, in the 2nd edition of the IPL style nine-city based Louis Phillipe golf tournament starting February 11. Bhullar, who won the Macau Open and Yeangder Players Championship last year, is confident of bagging the Rs 1.2 crore prize purse tournament as he has the experience of playing at the Jaypee Greens golf resort -- the host for this edition.
"The tournament will be in our home and we have lot of pressure to win. I have won on this course as a junior and as a professional," he said while commenting upon the home advantage.
Apart from Bhullar, the franchise has experienced campaingners in the form of Vijay Kumar and Sanjay Kumar in their team. Bhullar feels the length of the course in his home track
is suited to his style of play but he is expecting tough competition as every team has one long hitter in their ranks. "On this golf course it's about length. Every team has a one long hitter it will be quite interesting in the end. It's a bomber's paradise. I always believe in grip it and rip it. Hit the drive as far as you can. Totally goes with my style of play," he said. Bhullar believes that at the international level it is important for a golfer to play at different tracks regularly in order to get a hang of the venue. "At this level, it is important to play on all golf courses regularly. I played Malaysian Open and WGC China last year and so next time I go there, my level confidence level would be high and chances to play well are more," he said while adding that he will be participating in close to 33-34 tournaments this season.
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