Bhullar will be cynosure

Bangalore lad C Muniyappa to miss the event

The PGTI Tour, which resumes after a three-month break, will field most of the top golfers in the country including Tour leader Mukesh Kumar, Digvijay Singh, Ashok Kumar, Himmat Rai Singh and Rahul Ganapathy battling it out for supremacy at the Eagleton Golf Course as the calendar moves into its second stage.

Bhullar, who triumphed at the Indonesian President Invitational tournament to become the youngest Indian to win an Asian Tour event, nearly added another feather to his cap.

Had he clinched the Brunei Open the following week, the 21-year-old Kapurthala lad would have become the first player to win back-to-back Asian Tour titles, but he instead had to settle for second place in a play-off. The big hitter narrowly trails Mukesh in the PGTI Order of Merit List, but still leads the pack in terms of victories. His liking for Players Championships this season seems be very evident, with all his three victories coming in such tournaments.

Thoroughly enjoying his current form, a confident Bhullar said he was looking forward to the challenge, and believes the weather could play a role. “The course is playing really well at Eagleton. The rough is up, so it is going to be quite challenging. The greens are in great shape. The wind and rain are going to be major factors this week, he said.

“I’m striking the ball very well at the moment and my putting has also been good. The last few weeks have been great for me. I am in a totally different mindset after having won my first Asian Tour event and running high on confidence,” added Bhullar. A notable absentee will be Bangalore’s C Muniyappa, who won the last PGTI tournament held at the course.

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