The 30-year-old Punjabi golfer, Gaganjeet Bhullar, the man never gets tired of chasing the top ranks in any of the tournaments, especially this year, he has been on fire. He won at Fiji International, finished second twice, four top-10s, what more you can ask for, or you can?
Bhullar had previously won at US$1,000,000 Shinhan Donghae Open in 2016 when he ousted South Korean Kim Tae-woo and Zimbabwean Scott Vincent by a stroke at Bears Best Cheongna course and became only the second Indian to win it after Jeev Milkha Singh (1994) in its 34 years of commemorating, and 2016 was the first time when it became an official part of the Asian Tour calendar too.
The event was a part of the Korean Golf Tour since 1981.
He shot a terrific four-under 67 for the day consisting five birdies and a bogey on the 594 yards, par-5 14th (longest hole) at the Bears Best Cheongna course.
He started his round from tee no. 10 and posted his first birdie of the day on the 11th, later posted his one and only bogey on the 14th and recovered with quick two birdies on the 15th and the 17th holes before the turn, where he shot seven consecutive pars and made it an exciting finish with his birdie-birdie run on the 466 yards, par-4 8th and 429 yards, par-4 9th, to finish his round just two shot back from the leader Sanghyun Park at 4-under 67.
His stats were great as always with just 28 putts, 78.57% of fairway hits and 77.78% of greens in regulations, and an average drive of 280 yards showed the mettle the man possesses.
All that remains for the Indian to achieve is to extend his Asian Tour career count to a double-digit of 10, where no other Indian has ever reached. Although, he is on a break from his European Tour events, for which he received a year exemption after a splendid win in Fiji, will be returning next month to cater to his European duties.
The last he played was at the Made in Denmark and missed the cut after a T-7 finish at the D+D Czech Masters, his maiden event on the European Tour.
He is in for a chance to make it to the World Cup of Golf in Australia, later in the month of November and all that decision rests in the hands of Shubhankar Sharma to make, as he is currently ranked 125th on the Official World Golf Rankings. The decision and teams will be declared on 20th Sep 2018.
The make-up of the 28-team (56 players) field is as follows:
- Top 28 available countries from the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as of September 3, 2018.
- The top-ranked player may pick any player from the same country within the top 500 on the OWGR, or if there are less than five players to choose from within the top 500, may extend the range of possible choices to be at least 5 players (and any ties) even if ranked outside 500.
- The deadline for the exempt players to commit is 5 p.m. USA eastern time Thursday, September 13, 2018.
- The deadline for the exempt player to select his partner is 5 p.m. USA eastern time Thursday, September 20, 2018.