Young stars to spearhead Asian Tour challenge

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A GROUP of young Asian Tour champions will be heading to the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth tournament at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Australia, hoping to make their mark on the event.

India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar will be leading the Asian Tour charge Down Under when the tournament starts on Thursday.

The 29 years old Bhullar has eight Asian Tour titles to his credit and is expected to do well against a strong field that features 2016 Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett and former world No 1 Lee Westwood of England.

“The golf course and the tournament were my favourites on the Asian Tour last year.

The Indian has enjoyed a decent start to 2018, finishing tied-27th and tied-10th in Singapore and Myanmar, respectively.

And now he is looking forward to playing in an event that combines 54 holes of traditional stroke play over the first three days with a six-hole knockout match play format in the fourth and final round.

“When it comes to preparing for the format, there’s nothing I would do differently.

“The target, as usual, is to hit more fairways, more greens and make more putts. I like the course layout at Lake Karrinyup and I’m riding high on confidence,” said Bhullar.

Joining Bhullar in the 156-man field is a group of recent Tour winners in their 20s. They include Jazz Janewattananond, Poom Saksansin, Rattanon Wannasrichan and Pavit Tangkamolprasert from Thailand, Paul Peterson of the US, Nicholas Fung of Malaysia, Todd Sinnott of Australia, Daisuke Kataoka of Japan as well as Ajeetesh Sandhu of India.

Other established players to look out for include Shiv Kapur of India, who won three times on the Asian Tour in 2017 and veteran golfer Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand, a 10-time Tour winner.

The tournament is sanctioned by the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour and Asian Tour.