India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar will make his debut at the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from August 2-5 2018.
Bhullar, one of the most successful professional golfers from India and an eight-time winner on the Asian Tour, is the latest player to confirm his place in the tournament.
He’s no stranger to the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, having teed it up in the past two ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth tournaments in 2017 and 2018 – which are, like the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways, tri-sanctioned with the European Tour and Asian Tour.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in Fiji for the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways, I can’t wait to see the Vijay Singh-designed Natadola Bay Championship Course for myself,” Bhullar said.
“I’m sure he’s made it a real test, especially with some of those exposed holes on the coast. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Bhullar has enjoyed a steady start to the 2018 Asian Tour season; a top-10 finish at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open and a runner-up result at the 37th GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship, where he narrowly missed victory being defeated in a four-man playoff.
He currently sits just outside the top-10 on the Asian Tour’s Habitat for Humanity Standings but has his work cut out for him to catch countryman Shubhankar Sharma at the top of the standings.
“This being a tri-sanctioned tournament with the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour and Asian Tour is going to provide a great chance for me to make up some ground on the Habitat for Humanity Standings,” Bhullar said.
“We saw Kiradech (Aphibarnrat) make a huge jump up that list when he won in Perth so hopefully I can get a good result and try and catch those leaders.”
Bhullar’s last victory came at the 2017 Macao Open where he won by three-shots from countryman, Ajeetesh Sandhu.
“We are happy to welcome one of India’s greatest golfers to Fiji for the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways,” said Honourable Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources.
“As one of the most successful golfers on the Asian Tour, we’re sure Bhullar will be a great addition to the field which currently includes golfing stars like Ernie Els and our own Vijay Singh.
“Once again, we know the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways will prove an impressive platform to promote golf and tourism in Fiji,” Hon. Koya added.
Bhullar’s addition to the field carries on a strong history of Asian Tour stars teeing it up at the picturesque course with stunning views of the Coral Coast Sea.
“We’re excited to have Gaganjeet confirmed for the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways, his performance on the Asian Tour over the years has been fantastic,” said Gavin Kirkman, CEO of PGA of Australia which owns the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
“The Asian Tour has been a strong supporter of the tournament here in Fiji and we’ve had some of their strongest performers compete in the tournament, highlighted by rising Thai star Jazz Janewattananond thrilling us all with a final round of eight-under 64 last year.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how Gaganjeet will take on the Vijay Singh-designed Natadola Bay Championship Course this year.”