Swedens Peter Hanson hopes to ride on his impressive form and claim a winning debut at the USD 1.25 million Indian Open,which starts on Thursday.
Hanson,who was part of the victorious 2012 European Ryder Cup team,has enjoyed a superb season where he has one victory in Europe and was in contention at the Masters before finishing tied third.
This will be his first appearance at the Indian Open staged at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore and he hopes to make it a successful one after travelling 33 hours from the US.
It has been a great year and I got off to a great start in the season,especially in the majors. The Masters was a very good week for me when I finished third. I have been finding a bit of form as the year draws to an end, Hanson,ranked 25th in the world,said. It was disappointing not to finish it off (The Masters) but overall that was my first time I was in contention in one of those big events.
He expects a tough challenge this week where no more than 40 Asian Tour winners from over 24 countries including local favourites Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri and defending champion David Gleeson vie for glory.
This is my first time here so I am really looking forward to it, he said. It is a narrow course here in Bangalore and you need to keep the ball in play because the rough is pretty thick.