New Delhi, India, February 16: India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar is aiming to carry his solid pre-season form into the 2011 Asian Tour’s season opening event, Avantha Masters which will tee off at the DLF Golf and Country Club on Thursday.
Labelled by many as the man to beat this week, Bhullar could not have come into the €1.8 million (approximately US$2.3 million) showpiece event in better form.
The 22-year-old is riding on a rich vein of form after he got his pre-season preparations off to the best possible start by winning three successive titles from three starts.
“I’m having a dream run this year, winning three weeks in a row and I could not have asked for a better start to my season. I’m really feeling positive about my game right now and let’s see what happens this week,” said Bhullar, who has also been touted as the next big star in Indian golf.
Bhullar won his second Asian Tour title at last year’s season opening event and is if the signs are correct, the trend is set to continue at this week’s Avantha Masters which is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI).
“Last year’s season-opener was just my first tournament for the year but this year, I’ve already won three tournaments in a row so I think it’s definitely going to be better than last year,” said Bhullar.
“I’ve got more playing opportunities now as compared to last year. All these have helped developed me into a better player which is always good if you want to be among the best,” added the young Indian.
Meanwhile defending champion Andrew Dodt of Australia returns to the scene of his maiden victory and looks forward to another winning performance despite an early blip in form.
“I didn’t play as well as I would like to, making just one cut out of four events so far this year. But having said that, I just need one good round to kick start things and hopefully it’ll happen this week,” said Dodt.
Just 12 months ago, the Australian savoured the winning feeling for the first time by lifting the inaugural title by one shot and he is determined to rekindle those memories once again.
“That bunker shot on the 18th last year really changed my life. I actually went back to hit it a couple of times and I didn’t hit it as good this time round. But I’ll always remember all the good shots that I hit last year and try to repeat that again this week,” said the 25-year-old.
“The Avantha Masters and India have a special place in my heart because it got me to where I’m today and changed my life dramatically. I have never defended a tournament before and I’m glad that I’m able to do that for the first time this year,” added the Australian.
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