Yangon (Myanmar): An in-form Rahil Gangjee and Gaganjeet Bhullar will spearhead a 10-strong Indian challenge at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open golf tournament starting here on Thursday.
There will be as many as 10 Indians who will tee up at the USD 300,000 event, which is the curtain raiser to the 2012 Asian Tour season.
Other Indians in the field include Chiragh Kumar, the PGTI topper in 2011 Order of Merit, Sujjan Singh, the seasoned Gaurav Ghei, Manav Jaini, Digvijay Singh, Ajeetesh Sandhu and Feroz Ali.
Kunal Bhasin, Australian of Indian origin, and the Bangladeshi duo of Shakhawat Sohel and Zamal Mohammed play regularly on the Indian Tour.
Gangjee, who is fresh from three seconds in his last three starts - once each in the PGTI Tour, Asian Tour Q-School and last week`s Gujarat Kensville Challenge will be looking to get a win now.
"I have been playing well. It is just a matter of staying in contention and it will ultimately happen," said Gangjee, who lost to German Max Kieffer in the play-off at the European Challenge Tour event.
Bhullar, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, and Rai, who won his maiden title in Singapore last year, will also be looking at starting the season strongly.
Playing at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club will evoke fond memories for Bhullar, who won his second Asian Tour title in 2010 on a similar course.
"This golf course reminds me of the golf course when I won two years ago in Thailand. My mindset is also pretty much the same so you never know what`s going to happen. You just need to stay positive," said the 23-year-old.
"My season started in India last week and my body is slowly warming up. The golf course here is really nice and most of the golfers are excited to play here. The golf course is on an easier side and the results will be low this week," he added.
Korea`s Baek Seuk-hyun hopes his renewed faith in his driver will guide him to a maiden Asian Tour victory at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open.
Baek will be among the highly rated young guns at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club this week which include Thailand`s Panuphol Pittayarat, and Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines.
Defending champion Tetsuji Hiratsuka of Japan, Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and veterans Boonchu Ruangkit, a former Myanmar Open champion, and Frankie Minoza of the Philippines will also feature in the event.
A total of 144 players from over 25 countries will play at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan this week.