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‘It feels great to be recommended for Arjuna award’

As a professional golfer,Kapurthala's Gaganjeet Bhullar has played on the Asian Tour as well as European Tour

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: August 14, 2013 3:26:21 am

As a professional golfer,Kapurthala’s Gaganjeet Bhullar has played on the Asian Tour as well as European Tour. Before turning professional,the 25-year-old golfer was also a member of the silver-medal winning Indian team in the 2006 Asian Games held at Doha,Qatar. Bhullar considers the Qatar performance as one of the best of his career. On Tuesday,as Bhullar’s name was recommended for the Arjuna award in golf,Bhullar was of the view that his performance at the amateur level coupled with his professional career made him a strong candidate for the award. It was Arjun Atwal who won the Arjuna award back in 2007 in the discipline of golf.

“It feels great to know that my name has been recommended for the Arjuna award. It will certainly boost my confidence. In the past,golfers like Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa have won the award and I feel lucky to join their company in the prestigious list of the awards,” shared the Punjab golfer while talking with Sportline from Kapurthala. A four-time winner on the Asian Tour,Bhullar won his first professional title in the Asian Tour in the form of Indonesia President Invitational in 2009 before winning his second international title in the form of Asian Tour International the following year. Bhullar’s last win came at Venetian Macau Open in October last year after he won the Yeangder players Championship. “Last year was something I would cherish all my life. I won twice on the Asian Tour and I was hitting the ball well. This year,too I had some close finishes and I am eager to do well. I last played in the Russia Open and will be taking a break of two weeks. Then I will be playing in Switzerland and Taepie before I play a total of 12 consecutive tournaments,” shared Bhullar,who finished at the 50th spot in Russia Open. The lanky golfer is now ranked 142 in the world rankings and believes that he needs to improve his world rankings in the coming months.

Bhullar also spent some time with the German coach Peter Wolfenstetter in Munich,Germany in June early this year and thinks that working with Wolfenstetter will not only benefit his game but also help him adjust his game while playing in Europe. “I had a two-week stint with Wolfenstetter earlier this year and it has helped me a lot. We worked on ball striking,which is a key aspect of game while playing in Europe,and his inputs have helped me a lot,” said the golfer.

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