After almost 40 years of hosting one of the Asian Tour’s most prestigious golf tournaments, an Indian sportsman finally clinched victory in the Indonesia Open last week to write his name in the history books.
Gaganjeet Bhullar bagged his fifth career title on the Asian Tour as he completed a start-to-finish win with a flawless three-under-par 68 in the final round.
It was his first title since October 2012 and he will now be hoping to kick start his promising career once more.
Bhullar held at least a share of the lead from the very first day and never let is slip. Coming into the final round, the 25-year-old opened with 10 straight pars before sinking three birdies to grab the $750,000 Asian Tour event.
Speaking after the final round, Bhullar expressed his delight in clinching the elusive accolade. He said: “I gave myself a lot of opportunities in the first nine holes but I misjudged my yardages on a few holes.
“Apart from that, there was no difference in my strategy. Winning takes a lot of patience. I'm glad I stayed patient and showed a lot of confidence.”
He added: “It was kind of difficult for me when play was suspended. I find it hard to go back to my momentum.
“I haven't had much success this season but I know my game was up there and winning is just a matter of time. I waited so long for my fifth win and this is my 10th consecutive event.”
Victory for Bhullar signaled a great day for the Indians with fellow countrymen, Jyoti Randhawa, finishing fifth on 11-under, whilst Anirban Lahiri was just one shot behind in sixth position on 10-under.
Three other Indians, Shiv Kapur, Chiragh Kumar and SSP Chowrasia were tied 23rd at five-under, while Sujjan Singh (69) was tied 29th at four-under 280. The lone Indian missing the cut was Ajeetesh Sandhu.
Bhullar has tasted success on Indonesian soil before, clinching the now-extinct Indonesia President Invitational in 2009. Describing the country as one of his favourite places to compete the five-time champ said: “Mentally, I was exhausted but Indonesia is one of my favourite cities as I won my first title on the Asian Tour here.”
Bhullar took away $175,000 for his efforts and is already back on the fairways as he currently tackles the Hong Kong Open, which began earlier this week.