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Asian Tour. Indonesian Open. Bhullar Beats Them All.

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Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar won the Asian Tour Indonesian Open with a -16 under par total at on the Pantai Indah Kapuk Course at Damai Indah Golf. Gaganjeet shot a 64 in the opening round and finished with a wire to wire win, beating Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat and Nicolas Fung of Malaysia by three strokes.  This victory is Gaganjeet’s fifth Asian Tour title, and he is now in fourth place in the Asian Tour of Merit.

He reported that anything is possible, he wants to be Asia’s number one;

“In golf anything is possible, that’s what I have always believed in. If you have trust in your abilities and will power, you can excel anywhere. The rest is for you to see. I just stayed focused throughout and went with the flow. I told myself if I have won in India and if I have won so many times abroad, I know how to take the crown whenever I am in contention. Leading till the third round gave me a mental edge over others.” 

“I have normally played well in this part of the world – Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia. I have always felt something good about these places. I won here in 2009 and that did pump me up. I was driving well even last week at the World Cup but had issues with my putting, here I was holing my putts with confidence. My target is to finish as No. 1 but only three events are left now, so it is tough. So, in that case I want to at least end up at the No. 2 spot in Asia which I don’t think is out of reach for me.” 

Nicholas Fung was very happy with his performance;

” I’m very happy with my performance this week. It’s really good to see my name up on the leaderboard amongst the other experienced players. I am glad I managed to get into top-60 and secure my card for 2014. That way, I can free up another spot on the ADT for another player to qualify for 2014 Asian Tour cards. During the rain suspension, I checked my phone and was overwhelmed with tons of notications/messages from my friends and family, as well as my supporters. I felt really encouraged and I’m glad I didn’t disappoint them. My buddies on tour, Iain Steel)\, Lindsay Renolds and James Bowen, cheered me on as well.  I am still happy that I came close to winning. I played well so there’s nothing to complain about. My goal was definitely to qualify for the EurAsia Cup next year. It’s a big event and it will be held in my home country. I definitely hope I can qualify for it. I would really love to represent the Asian team and bring honour to my country if the Asian team wins.”

Chapchai Nirat was also happy, but the rain delay did affect his play;

“I’m very happy with my round. I’m very hungry for a victory. I’m getting closer to it. I can really feel it. The win is coming soon. I eagled the 13th hole. I hit my second shot with a six iron from about 195 yards to clear the water and it landed near the hole. My next eagle was on 17. I three putted for bogey on 15 and missed a birdie on 16. I was really angry because of that and I wanted to make another eagle! I put in 100% in my tee shot and hit my second shot with a five iron. I had about a 20 feet putt for eagle. If the rain delay didn’t come, then I think it would have been a birdie. But I had a lot of time to think about that putt and returned to sink it.”

Avantha Masters. Amazing Aiken Wins

The Avantha Masters was won by Thomas Aiken who has played some amazing golf here at Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort course in Delhi, India.

Thomas Aiken   (Getty Images)

Thomas Aiken / Getty Images

Thomas won his second European Tour title, the Avantha Masters by three shots, his exceptional third round on Saturday of 62 had set him up for this victory. The last round saw Thomas shoot a more modest -5 under par, 67, giving him a comfortable three shot victory at -23 under par, as none of the chasers could mount a challenge.

Thomas was very happy with his amazing golf;

” I’ve been playing very nicely the last four months, not making a lot of mistakes, but just not sinking enough putts. This week a few went in, I hit some better iron shots which gave me a better chance to sink some putts, and I played some phenomenal golf. These guys kept coming at me today, Liang on the front nine and then Bhullar made some amazing birdies coming in, it was by no means a walk in the park. I want to dedicate this to my wife Kate, being the wife of a sportsman is not easy and she supports me so much, so this one’s for you Kate.”

Local player, Gaganjeet Bhullar made a fine attempt to win this tournament, buoyed up by his home crowd he made birdie on the three of the last five  holes, to set the clubhouse target at -20 under par. His brilliant -8 under par, 64  proved to be not quite enough for his first European Tour victory.

Alone in third place was Wenchong Liang, who had pushed Thomas for most of this tournament. Wenchong finished at -18 under par, but it seemed he was going to push Thomas hard in the last round when he recorded a hole in one at the par three seventh hole.

Although Wenchong did not win, he said he had a good time in India;

“I had a great week in India, although I did not win. I learnt a lot about myself, especially today. To card a double-bogey on the sixth and make a comeback with a hole-in-one on the next hole showed lots of character. Unfortunately I could not make as many putts as I would want to, but that’s golf. You win some and you lose some. I tried my best and that’s all I can ever ask for.”

                

The Avantha Masters has been a great European Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India success story, providing a beautiful venue and a good golf course. Congratulations to the organisers, tour sponsors and tour partners.

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Asian Tour, Thailand Golf Championship. Lee Westwood the Asian Specialist

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The top contender this week  the top at the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship staged at the Amata Spring Country Club, is Asian specialist Lee Westwood. Lee is known around the world as an Asian specialist  because of his record of multiple victories around the region including the 2011 Thailand Golf Championship, where he romped home to a seven-shot win over South African Charl Schwartzel. During that week, Lee also flirted with the magical score of 59, just missing the mark by one stroke, in the opening round. He is in fine form this season, winning the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on the Asian Tour following a third place result at The Masters. Lee has missed only one cut this season, and enjoys a World Ranking of  6th.

Bubba Watson will bring his own specialist style of golf to challenge the Championship at Amata Spring. Bubba is the reigning Masters Champion, and well-known for his extra long drives on the PGA Tour, where he averages over 315 yards. Bubba also has four top ten finishes this year in the U.S. and is determined to set his sights on victory here in Asia.

Gaganjeet Bhullar, currently fourth on the Asian Tour of Merit,is a young Indian player who has had a wonderful run of results on the Asian Tour, winning twice, and also finished tied 10th at the CIMB classic in Malaysia. Gaganjeet has a mathematical chance of toppling Thaworn Wiratchant at the top of the Order of Merit but needs a really good finish here and then again next week in Malaysia. Thaworn himself  is on course to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit, standing in 1st place at the moment, this would be the second time since 2005. He has three victories on the Tour this season and is certainly enjoying a purple patch. Thaworn finished second at the King’s Cup on home soil last week and knows a big finish this week will see him creep closer towards the prestigious Merit crown.

Sergio Garcia has enjoyed a resurgence of form earning him back-to-back wins in late 2011. He won again this year on the PGA Tour, at the Wyndham Championship and also has had six other top-ten finishes. And of course Sergio also played a starring role for Europe in the Ryder Cup victory over the United States in September. His current World Ranking is 22nd and he finished in fourth spot last year in the Thailand Golf Championship. Another notable from Europe and Ryder Cup player is Nicolas Colsaerts, the Belgian is the longest driver of a golf ball on the European Tour. Nicolas had a wonderful season winning the Volvo World Matchplay, and has also amassed eleven top ten finishes, and is ranked 35th in the World.

South African Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Champion is also contesting this event, he is looking for his first win of 2012, to back up his seven top ten finishes this year. To win this year would help erase the memory of last years thrashing in the final at the hands of Lee Westwood.

This is a good field for this tournament and it should be a hotly contested affair, which will be a pleasure to watch.

 

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