Bhullar, Lahiri in elite company

Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri will tee off in a star-studded field that includes 14-time major winner, Tiger Woods at the $ 6.1 million CIMB Classic, starting on Thursday.

Bhullar and Lahiri have qualified for this special 48-man tournament by the virtue of having been in the top-10 on the Asian Tour order of merit at the cut-off date two weeks ago.

Lahiri has been paired with Kyle Stanley, while Bhullar goes out with Robert Garrigus. Marcus Fraser, the top player on Asian Tour order of merit currently, goes out with Woods.

Bhullar has this season won twice on the Asian Tour, while Lahiri has won once. Lahiri, who tied for fifth at the Hero Indian Open last week, said it would be an great opportunity to play with the PGA Tour players.

"I think it is a great event to play in and have the opportunity to play with the PGA Tour players. Tiger Woods is here as well and it is a chance to get more World Ranking points.

"I think we have a great chance to win as well. We are used to the conditions here in Malaysia where it is really hot. I think it is something that works in our advantage. The golf course is typically Malaysian grasses that we are used to playing on," said Lahiri.

Speaking about playing at this level with PGA Tour stars, Lahiri said: "I had an opportunity to play with a lot of these guys at The Open. This is another week that I can test myself against a quality field. It is all lead up at the end of the year. It is one of those courses where you can shoot six, seven, eight, nine or 10 if you are on a hot streak. It is going to be about making loads and loads of birdie this week."

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