Bhullar wants one final shot at Merit honours in Iskandar Open

Punjab golfer Gaganjeet bhullar is fourth on the Asian Order of Merit and is hopefull for a top finish in Malaysia

Punjab golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar is just 24 years old but he fully understands that he could well be the next one to inspire the next generation of youngsters into the game back in India by pushing for the top spot on Order of Merit at the USD 2 million Iskandar Johor Open. Getting ready for the final event of the 2012 season on Asian Tour, Bhullar is lying fourth on the Order of Merit ahead of the Iskandar Johor Open which tees off here on Thursday.

Apart from Bhullar, there is a strong Indian presence at the event with the likes of Shiv Kapur, Anirban Lahiri, Jyoti Randhawa, SSP Chowrasia, Himmat Rai, Digvijay Singh, Chiragh Kumar, Shankar Das and Chandigarh's Ajeetesh Sandhu also competing for the top honours. The field also has Daniel Chopra, who was sixth last week in Thailand Golf Championships, and he will be looking to revive memories of his first pro win achieved in Johor back in 1993.

The presence of Major champions like Ernie Els, Michael Campbell and John Daly besides Sergio Garcia, a perennial favourite, has made the field world class. India holds the distinction of having produced the most number of Merit champions with Jyoti Randhawa (2002) followed by Arjun Atwal in 2003. Jeev Milkha Singh secured a double with wins in 2006 and 2008. And it is a proud record that Bhullar hopes to add his name too.

India's top ranked star will be Bhullar, who said, "I grew up watching Jeev Milkha Singh. It meant a lot to see him win Order of Merit and he did that twice. Every time you go onto the driving range or you play a tournament and win, these kinds of things keep motivating you. "If I go on to win the Order of Merit, you know there will be lot more Indians taking up golf. It was what Jeev used to do 10 years ago when I was a little kid and I used to follow him. Now the next generation of golfers from India are getting ready." Bhullar, a two-time winner this season, was among leaders at the Johor event.

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