Wednesday October 24, 2012
Debutant Bhullar believes an Asian can win tournament
MINES RESORT AND GOLF CLUB (Oct 25-28)
KUALA LUMPUR: India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar believes that an Asian can win this week’s US$6.1mil CIMB Classic at the Mines Resort and Golf Club.
The 24-year-old Bhullar, who has won two tournaments in Taiwan and Macau in the past two months, will be making his debut in the CIMB Classic.
“Golf is no longer only about the PGA Tour. If you look at the Ryder Cup or a few of the big Tours, players are coming from all over the world. I played with K.J. Choi a few weeks ago in South Korea and he was telling me golf is a global game now.
“Anybody from any country can win a big tournament,” he said.
The top 10 players from the Asian Tour are represented at the CIMB Classic this year. A total of 48 golfers will play over the next four days with no cut for the final two days.
“We have 10 top players from the Asian Tour playing here this week. It could be anybody’s week, especially playing on Asian soil.
“It’s a benefit for Asian Tour players because we have been playing in this kind of conditions for the last few years,” said Bhullar, who’s relishing the chance to take on world No. 2 and 14-time Major champion Tiger Woods.
Bhullar admitted that he was in awe of the American when Woods showed up at the tee box during his practice round yesterday.
“He was standing right behind the tee box waiting for me to clear it,” said Bhullar, who is ranked fifth in the Order of Merit.
“I don’t know if I should say yes or no (as to whether he was intimidated) but I think I was a little bit.
“Suddenly, you see Tiger Woods standing right behind your tee box ... obviously, it’s kind of intimidating. But everybody’s at the same level, and at this tournament, everybody wants to win this tournament.
“Tiger is a legend, and a living legend at that. What he has done, no one else has in this generation. I think all of Asia is excited to see him here this week.”
However, no Asian player has yet to get into a winning position in the CIMB Classic. Whether this will change this weekend “depends on the players themselves”.