Kapurthala lad Gaganjeet Bhullar scripted a brilliant chapter in India’s golfing history by becoming the first Indian to win Indonesia Open. Bhullar led after every round, only sharing the lead in the third round with Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond.
Bhullar’s power-packed performance at the Pantai Indah Kapuk course in Jakarta saw him take home $135,000 (over Rs 80 lakh) in prize money and jump two places to be placed fourth in Asia’s Order of Merit with total earnings of $462,378.
The Arjuna awardee carded a blemish-free three-under 68 in the final round to leave behind Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat and Nicolas Fung of Malaysia by three strokes.
“In golf anything is possible, that’s what I have always believed in. If you have trust in your abilities and will power, you can excel anywhere. The rest is for you to see. I just stayed focused throughout and went with the flow,” Bhullar said.
“I told myself if I have won in India and if I have won so many times abroad, I know how to take the crown whenever I am in contention. Leading till the third round gave me a mental edge over others,” the 25-year-old said. The victory is Bhullar’s fifth Asian tour title.
Bhullar posted two top-10 finishes in the season from 23 starts with his second-placed finish at the Euro 1.8 million Avantha Masters earlier in February securing his European Tour card. His love affair with Indonesia goes back to 2009, where he had pocketed his maiden Asian Tour title – the President Invitational. Such was the dominance of Bhullar that he conceded only three bogeys and a double-bogey in the last four days with good support from his caddie of three years – American Pim Cox.