Himmat Rai, who has had very modest results, save a top-10 at the Avantha Masters this season, showed signs of reviving his fortunes with a third straight round in 60s at the inaugural USD 750,000 Resorts World Manila Masters on Saturday.
Gaganjeet Bhullar, who achieved his career-best world ranking of 85 after his runner-up finish at the Avantha Masters, will be looking to move up further as he forms a part of the strong Asian challenge at the Maybank Malaysian Open starting on Thursday.
Gaganjeet Bhullar reinforced his stature as the rising star of Indian golf by recording his best finish in a European Tour event, but for the second year running, a South African triumphed at the Avantha Masters as Thomas Aiken`s consistency and ‘conservative approach’ steered him to the title on Sunday.
Rahil Gangjee and Abhijit Chadha`s consistency ensured India`s presence in the top-10 but for the second successive day a Thai, Chapchai Nirat, figured among the leaders even as some prominent names missed the cut at the USD 2.3 million Avantha Masters golf tournament here on Friday.
Three-time Asian Tour winner Anirban Lahiri of India is confident his mental strength will make the difference as he goes in search of a back-to-back victory at the 1.8 million euro Avantha Masters which tees off here Thursday.
Half a dozen Ryder Cup stars will pose an intimidating challenge but India`s in-form golfers would be up for it after confidence-boosting starts to the year when the tri-sanctioned Avantha Masters rolls off tomorrow at the Jaypee Greens Golf Course here.
Wiser in experience and stronger in technique, Indian golfer SSP Chowrasia says his confidence is quite high now and that alone would be enough to bring out the best in him when he aims for a second title triumph at the upcoming Avantha Masters.
Four-time Asian Tour winner Gaganjeet Bhullar of India is hoping his attachment to Jaypee Greens Golf Course will give him an advantage when the New Delhi venue hosts the Avantha Masters for the first time March 14-17.
India`s richest golf event, the European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned Avantha Masters, has been shifted from DLF to Jaypee Greens Course this year and will be played from March 14 to 17 instead of the traditional February slot.
After a not-too-impressive show at the Avantha Masters last week, Indian golfers will seek redemption at the Asian Tour and PGTI co-sanctioned SAIL-SBI Open to be played at the Delhi Golf Club from Wednesday.