India's Gaganjeet Bhullar claims self-belief is key to competing against world's best

Last Updated: 05/11/12 12:55pm

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Gaganjeet Bhullar: Has broken into the top 100 of world rankings

Gaganjeet Bhullar: Has broken into the top 100 of world rankings

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Rising Indian star Gaganjeet Bhullar insists self-belief is the key to competing against the world's best players and going on to contend in the game's major championships.

The 24-year-old from Amritsar has underlined his potential over the past couple of weeks with a top-10 finish at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and a top-20 effort at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China over the weekend.

Sitting in fifth place on the Asian Tour's Order of Merit after a season that has already seen him win in Taiwan and Macau, Bhullar's recent performances have seen him join compatriot Jeev Milkha Singh in cracking the top 100 in the world rankings.

His result at Mission Hills on Sunday could have been even better but for a level-par final round of 72, although he insists the chance to compete in such an elite field has given him plenty to build on.

"I think it's self-belief," Bhullar stated. "It's the only difference. Today and the past few weeks, I've been playing with the PGA Tour players and I've been pumping my three woods past their drivers.

"Obviously, length is not an issue but the mental belief. If I play more and more in these events, one fine day, I'll wake up with the self belief and win a major.

"These are the things that you can learn to move on to the next level. I have picked up a lot of patience in my game which is the reason why my game has gradually improved."

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