Now Bhullar must focus on Europe
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Gaganjeet Bhullar's second-biggest payday of the year came last week when he won $135,000 for winning the Indonesian Open. The Indian golfer had to decide between playing the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa, a European Tour event, or the Asian Tour tourney in Indonesia. With only the top-four players in the Asian Tour of Merit getting automatic entry to the inaugural EurAsia Cup, a Ryder Cup-style matchplay event between Asia and Europe scheduled for next year, Bhullar's choice of destination was easy.
Following the Indonesian event, Bhullar is now well-placed at fourth in the Asian Order of Merit with earnings of $462,378. If he makes the cut in the next two Asian Tour events — which on current form is only a formality — Bhullar will be eligible to play in the EurAsia Cup. Bhullar must now set his sights higher and strive to shine on the European Tour. In September this year, Bhullar earned his 2014 European Tour card by raking in 250,000 euros.
Now among the top players on the Asian Tour, Bhullar must set up to the next level and take part in a majority of the 44 tournament on the European Tour which will be played in 24 countries. He will begin his quest to make a mark on the European Tour at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in January. If he can even replicate some of the success he has enjoyed on Asian Tour, it will be commendable.
In 2009, when a young Bhullar won the First Indonesia President Invitational, it assured him a full card for Asian tour till 2011. In the next three years, Bhullar won three titles in Asia. But Europe is a sterner test. Bhullar's compatriot Jeev Milkha Singh, who has six wins on Asian Tour, currently has four wins in Europe.
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