Dip in form not a worry for Gaganjeet Bhullar
Mumbai: The dip in form after fine start to the year, is not bothering ace Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar, who believes it is just a matter of time before he returns to his best.
"I started this year really well. I won four of the first six tournaments in the beginning of the year. After that it was a bit frustrating and struggling," he said.
"It`s just that things don`t work the way you want to every time. I have been playing well. Overall, it`s just a matter of time. The more you play, the more you learn. I have been spending a lot of time in Europe, Asia and US this year. I have learnt a lot of things and brought a lot of improvements in my game. So, every time I`m playing, I`m learning and improving as a player.”
"I have played too many tournaments this year. It would be nice to win this week and close the season," said the 23-year-old golfer, who is in the city to participate in the Crompton Greaves Open 2011 tournament, which begins today.
The Kapurthala pro had earlier this year become first Indian to win a title on the European Challenge Tour by clinching the Gujarat Kensville Challenge 2011. He also added the Bangladesh Open, the PGTI Players Championship and the Aircel PGTI Players Championship titles to his collection.
Bhullar said he has largely been concentrating on the European Tour this year and one of his immediate goals was to win a European Tour title.
"Well, I would say a European tour victory (is a target for me). Because I have been playing a lot in Europe but have never been in contention ever. It would be nice to go there and win a tournament there."
"I won the tournament in Ahmedabad in the beginning of the year and after that I got a good category to play in Europe and ever since that happened I`ve been grabbing all opportunities. I`ve been in Europe for two months this year playing Czech Open, Scotland, Switzerland, Amsterdam Sweden, England and all these places.
"Europe is totally different from Asia. Asian golf is target golf, in Europe the courses are easy but the conditions are difficult. Europe has wide open courses but lot of rain, lot of wind and cold. Every time you go out there, you need to be mentally prepared and mentally focussed," Bhullar said.
The golfer said he was looking forward to the break at the end of the season, when he would also work on correcting a few flaws.
"I definitely need a break this year. It would be nice to have a month off. I have 2-3 things to work on right now and just want to work on that.”
"I`m pretty forward looking to the next season because at this time of the year we all are mentally and physically tired. It would be nice to go back home and relax and work on a few things, which we need to and just go and grab another big victory next year," he said.
On the things he wanted to work on during the off-season, he said, "Lot of technical stuff...I have a tendency to missing the right, how to cure that thing and how to minimise errors on and off the golf course. So definitely these two three things."
Asked whether he would try and prioritise tournaments, he replied in the negative.
"The thing is that right now I`m in such a place that I can`t skip a tournament. I need to play all of them to improve my ranking. Once I reach a level where I could pick and decide which tournament to play and which not to, it would be much easier for me, but otherwise, right now I need to play in any and every tournament."
Bhullar also spoke in favour of the Sports Bill mooted by the Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken.
"I totally stand by the Bill. We all need to be transparent. I don`t know what`s happening in cricket. It has always been a controversial sport. And we don`t need to say that. Its pretty sad that cricket (BCCI) is not willing to join the Union Bill.”
"If on the one hand the guys are appreciating the Anna Hazare movement and on the other if they don`t stand for the Bill, its quite a sad thing. I am definitely in favour of the Union Ministry Bill."