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Gaganjeet: I need to work hard

Calcutta: Gaganjeet Bhullar has two titles in his bag already and he has now set his sights higher. Coming in fresh from his win at the Venetian Macau Open, Bhullar, knows that even the Asian Tour Order of Merit is within his reach this season.

For the present his sights are set on the Hero Indian Open this week. “It is always a matter of pride to play and win the National Open. Last year I was unwell and I want to make up,” said Bhullar.

The Asian Tour is in Bangalore this week for the $1.25 million Hero Indian Open where title-holder David Gleeson of Australia will lead an elite cast along with Indian stars that include Jyoti Randhawa, Anirban Lahiri, Shiv Kapur, Himmat Rai, C. Muniyappa, where the event will be held this week.

“The two wins, multiple category right now, winning the Order of Merit would be nice,” said Bhullar, who moved to fifth place on the Order of Merit after earning $118,875 from his fourth Asian Tour victory in Macau.

Three Indians have won the Asian Tour Order of Merit in the past — Jyoti Randhawa (2002), Arjun Atwal (2003) and Jeev Milkha Singh (2006 and 2008) — and now Bhullar feels he is ready to join that elite group.

“There’re a lot of big weeks coming up. Singapore, Hong Kong, Johor and the Indian Open, Obviously, it’s not that far and a few good weeks can jump my ranking to number one,” added Bhullar

Bhullar added, “Jeev has set targets for us and I would say we need to work really hard.”

The Indian is confident that he can continue to put India on the world map.