CHANDIGARH- Gaganjeet Bhullar at the age of 24, became the youngest Indian to crack the elite group of the top-100 players of the world in the latest rankings released recently.
This distinction was held earlier by Jeev Milkha Singh, who broke the barrier in 2006 at the age of 34 and Jyoti Randhawa emulated the feat in the same year when aged also 34.
“It’s definitely my hard work and patience which is paying off. And being the youngest Indian to break into the top-100 is what I always thought of doing. The goal is to break into the world’s top-10,” Bhullar said in Singapore, where he plays the $6 million Barclays Open this week.
He knows the secret, but knows it’s a long, winding tough road to his destination. “At the WGC-HSBC Champions last week, I was bombing my 3-wood longer than some of the drivers hit by the US PGA Tour players. So I know I have the game. I think the only difference is mental belief. But I am making a steady improvement in the mental side of the game also,” he added.
Bhullar, who learnt the sport at the Rail Coach Factory golf course, Kapurthala, and is a member of the Chandigarh Golf Club, adds another feather to his cap of being the youngest Indian to earn several distinctions.
According to the latest Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), Bhullar jumps 10 ranks on the back of a tied-18 finish in the $7 million WGC-HSBC Champions in China on Sunday to stand at 98th in the world. Only Jeev lies ahead of Bhullar currently, and is placed at 95 in the OWGR. The next best placed Indian on the OWGR is Anirban Lahiri at rank number 234.