Attachment to course will be advantage during Avantha: Gaganjeet Bhullar

Gaganjeet Bhullar

Four-time Asian Tour winner Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar is hoping his attachment to Jaypee Greens Golf Course will work to his advantage when it hosts the tri-sanctioned Avantha Masters for the first time from March 14 to 17.

Bhullar recently signed a three-year deal with the Greg Norman-designed Jaypee Greens GC, which made him a brand ambassador for the club for the next three years.

Bhullar has won as an amateur at Jaypee Greens GC but not since joining the professional ranks in 2006, and he is hoping to make his breakthrough with a win at his 'home' club.

By his own high standards, Bhullar's record in the Avantha Masters is moderate but having recently finished in a tie for eighth place Gujarat Kensville Challenge on the European Tour's Challenge Tour, the 24-year-old is confident of enhancing his burgeoning reputation.

"My record in the Avantha Masters could be better, but my health wasn't great for the last two tournaments, so I'm hoping for much bigger and better things this time. There will be a bit of pressure on me to play well given my attachment to the club, but I put pressure on myself to perform every time I tee up," Bhullar said ahead of the 1.8 million euro event here.

Bhullar reinforced his growing reputation on the Asian Tour last season with two victories in Taipei and Macau. Both victories came during a hot six-week streak which also included a runner-up finish in Malaysia.

The talented Indian also enjoyed four other top-10s and ended the year fifth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

With the Avantha Masters being tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and the Professional Golf Tour of India, Bhullar is relishing the opportunity to serve notice of his talent at the high-profile event.

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