New Delhi: Rising Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar has earned a special invitation to compete at the
Japan PGA Championship to be held at the Passage Kinkai
Island Golf Club, Nagasaki from May 13 to 16.
The 22-year-old Kapurthala pro, the second highest ranked
Indian golfer, has been handed the special invitation by the
Japan Golf Tour Organisation in recognition of his consistent
performances in India and Asia.
Jeev Milkha Singh is the only Indian exempted to play in
Having won his first professional event on the
Aircel-PGTI in March 2009, Bhullar has not looked back ever
since. He claimed six more titles over the next 12 months,
which includes two on the Asian Tour.
Currently ranked 131 in the official world golf rankings,
he finished sixth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit last year
with earnings of USD 308,916.
Bhullar also had a dream run in the 2009 Aircel-PGTI
season, having won five events out of seven starts to finish
fifth on the Aircel-PGTI Order of Merit.
"The invitation extended to Gaganjeet Bhullar for the
prestigious Japan PGA Championship not only recognizes his
talent but also reaffirms the growing strength of Indian
professional golf," PGTI Director Padamjit Sandhu said.
"This is a great opportunity for Gaganjeet to showcase
the country`s rising strength on the global stage," he said.