Gaganjeet Bhullar developing short game for more success
Kuala Lumpur: Gearing up for the start of the new season starting next month, rising Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar is busy sharpening his short game to better last year`s successful campaign.
The talented Indian won twice -- at the Yeangder Tournament Players` Championship in Chinese Taipei and the Venetian Macau Open.
He also capped his season with six other top-10s across the region to finish a career high fifth on the Order of Merit with USD 451,245 in earnings.
"It was a great season. I had a couple of top-10s, top-fives and two victories. There`s still a lot to learn but I have a lot of positives from last season," said Bhullar.
"I`ve been trying to stay patient for a long time and I think I handled it well. Patience and a good short game will definitely help me over the years. I would love to practice day-in and day-out on my short game and bring it up to a higher level," added the 24-year-old.
Bhullar, who is among a new generation of stars to emerge from India, showed he could hold his own against the elites of the game when he posted a top-10 outing at the CIMB Classic sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour.
However, it was still Bhullar`s wire-to-wire triumph at the Venetian Macau Open which stood out the most for him.
"The victory at the Venetian Macau Open was the highlight of the season. Every victory is special but the win in Macau was very special because I won it wire-to-wire.
"I`ve done that a couple of times in India but to do it on the international level proves that you are a frontrunner," he said.
Despite enjoying a stellar season, Bhullar lamented the missed opportunity of contending in his national Open which was held for the first time at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bengaluru last year.
"If I could re-hit one shot, it will probably be at the Hero Indian Open on Sunday. I played really bad on number 16 where I made a double bogey. I wish I could hit that tee shot on the fairway and maybe get a birdie and finish higher up on the leaderboard.
"There were a couple of low points (in 2012) but from my point of view, I usually look at things in a positive way and keep moving forward," said Bhullar.
The Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Alpine will be the first tournament on the Asian Tour from February 21-24.