Gaganjeet Bhullar is no stranger when it comes to the Asian Tour having won it already 10 times. However, like most, the Indian golfer is looking to append his record for this tournament as he eyes an 11th title at The 38th Shinhan Donghae Open.

There is a reason for Bhullar to be upbeat about his chances. For one, this is the tournament where he has gained success, the last of which came in 2016.

“It was six years ago but it still seems like it was last week,” Bhullar said via Asian “Going back to all my last 10 victories I think the Shinhan Donghae Open was definitely very close to my heart: the reason was I was coming back from a bad patch of two years, including injuries and a lot of adjustments in my golf swing back in the day, so that basically gave me another kick in my career.”

The Shinhan Donghae Open is one of Korea’s most prestigious events. When Bhullar last claimed the title, it was played at Bear’s Best Cheongna, the tournament’s home for the past seven years.

However, this week the tournament is being held in Japan for the first time in its history, with Koma Country Club near Osaka playing host.

“I played a practice round yesterday and I would say the conditions are very favorable for my game; rough is still up, greens are still very pure. I have been playing the past few years in Korea and Japan and the goal is to stick to my routine,” the 34-year-old golfer said.

Bhullar last played at the Mandiri Indonesia Open in August for a record third time. It was his first victory on the Asian Tour since his win at the 2018 Fiji International.

The native of Punjab has been groping for form in recent seasons, focusing on Europe and battling COVID-19 at the start of the year. His upcoming participation is a welcome return to the winners’ circle.

“I have been working very hard on my swing, my pre-shot routine, and some mental stuff I have been doing on and off the golf course, and that is the result of my input,” Bhullar quipped.

Gaganjeet Bhullar
Gaganjeet Bhullar Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour

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