Bhullar, Kapur to fight for a berth in The Open next week

Rising golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar and three other Indians will be fighting for a berth in the Open Championships when they tee up at the Open Championship International Final Qualifying Asia next week.

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 11:41 AM IST

Kuala Lumpur: Rising golfer Gaganjeet
Bhullar and three other Indians will be fighting for a berth
in the Open Championships when they tee up at the Open
Championship International Final Qualifying Asia next week.

There are four berths at stake at the two-day qualifier
at Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok on February 24-25,
2011 and beside Bhullar, Shiv Kapur, Anirban Lahiri and Himmat
Rai will be part of the field of 77 players.

Home heroes Thaworn Wiratchant and Prayad Marksaeng, who
hold a combined 19 Asian Tour titles between them, will also
be seen in action at the qualifier.

Liang Wen-chong, China`s first Asian Tour Order of Merit
champion in 2007, will bid for a second appearance in the
world`s oldest Major and will be joined by top contenders
including Pariya Junhasavasdikul and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of
Thailand, Bangladeshi Siddikur and Singaporean veteran Mardan
Mamat, all top-10 finishers on the Order of Merit last season.

There will be as many as 25 Tour winners at the IFQ Asia
to gain a place at Royal St George`s, England from July 14-17.

Both Kapur and Bhullar, have previously played in the
Open. The same goes for Australia`s Scott Hend and Darren Beck
and England`s Miles Tunnicliff, a winner on the European Tour.

Malaysia`s Danny Chia, who made history when he qualified
and subsequently played four rounds at the Open at St Andrews
last year, will also bid for a fourth appearance in the
championship.

Japanese amateur Hideki Matsuyama, who won the Asian
Amateur Championship on home soil last year, will also be in
the qualifier where he hopes to emulate Korea`s amateur Eric
Chun, who qualified last year in Malaysia.

This is the first time that the IFQ Asia is being held in
Thailand after previously be staged in Malaysia and Singapore.

PTI