Singapore: India`s Gaganjeet Bhullar will
draw inspiration from compatriot Arjun Atwal`s historic win at
the Wyndham Championship in the USA last month, when the Handa
Singapore Classic gets underway here on Thursday.
"Whenever any Indian win a tournament or do well, it
gives me the confidence to shoot for glory and I hope to do so
this week," said Bhullar, who won the Asian Tour International
in Thailand in February.
The 22-year-old is hoping to continue his rich vein of
form after missing just two cuts this season.
"My form has been good and Singapore is one of my
favourite venues in Asia. The course is looking nice and the
fairways are pretty tight. Overall, it looks like a
straight-forward course," said Bhullar.
Reigning Asian Tour No 1 Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
would look to overcome fatigue and launch a fresh title
Thongchai arrived from Switzerland yesterday and is
planning to make the most of his return to the Orchid Country
Club, a venue he last played in 1999.
"I played a lot of tournaments this year and feel a bit
tired. I have been travelling to Europe, the United States and
to Asia," said the 12-time Asian Tour champion.
The three-time Order of Merit champion is one of the
favourites this week and will begin his campaign against a
plethora of Asian Tour stars including Australian Marcus
Fraser, currently ranked second on the Order of Merit,
Bhullar, Angelo Que of the Philippines and local hope Lam Chih
Bing at the USD 400,000 Asian Tour event.
Since ending a seven-year title drought at the
Ballantine`s Championship in Korea in April, Fraser is yet to
produce his winning form but is determined to hit a purple
patch in Singapore.
"Apart from winning in Korea, my form has been okay,
nothing too flashy as I haven`t been able to get myself in
contention. It`s quite frustrating but there`s still plenty of
golf to play and hopefully I`ll get into contention again,"
said the 32-year-old.