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GOOD SPORTS: The Star from Amritsar

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
January 2013
GOOD SPORTS: The Star from Amritsar

Most golf fans in America probably haven’t heard of Gaganjeet Bhullar, but the Amritsar native, who plays on the Asian Tour, is currently the highest ranked Indian golfer in the world. At No. 88, he’s six spots ahead of Jeev Milkha Singh, 40, who has won four events on the European Tour.

Bhullar has four career victories on the Asian Tour, two of them in 2012. Only 24, he is the youngest Indian to reach the Top 100 in the world.

“It’s definitely my hard work and patience which is paying off,” he told The Times of India. “And being the youngest Indian to break into the Top100 is what I always thought of doing. The goal is to break into the world’s Top10.”

Golfers can play competitively until their 40s (Jack Nicklaus won his 18th major at age 46), so Bhullar has plenty of time to achieve that goal. And considering all the upstarts who’ve been winning Major championships in recent years, don’t be surprised to see Bhullar contending for a Master’s or U.S. Open trophy one day.

After all, Vijay Singh of Fiji also started on the Asian Tour and managed to win three Major championships. Perhaps someone should send a note to Jim Nantz of CBS Sports: “You might want to learn how to pronounce ‘Gaganjeet.’”


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