The 19th Hole

Gaganjeet Bhullar


The 27-year-old from India has five Asian Tour wins.

Q Your number one golf tip for amateurs?

A Keep your head down. There's a technical part involved. A lot of amateurs tend to move their spines, so the moment they keep their head down, it gives stability and a good ball-striking ability.

Q Favourite sports movie?

A Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Run Milkha Run), one of the blockbusters in Bollywood three years ago, based on (Indian golfer) Jeev Milkha Singh's father, a legendary Olympic runner. It's a true story based on his life.

Q Worst rule in golf?

A Paying a penalty for something that wasn't your fault. Maybe when a caddy does something wrong and you pay for it? I think that's a bit unfair.

Q Who's a hit with the ladies?

A Definitely Rory (McIlroy).

Q Greatest sportsman in the world right now?

A Michael Jordan, definitely one of the all-time greats... Currently, Jordan Speith and Rory, these two guys are really hot.

Q Worst moment in golf?

A Getting a shank, missing a shot going right off the target in front of a lot of people. This was in Korea a couple of years ago.

Q Golfer you'd pay to watch?

A Tiger (Woods). It's just the aura, he's still the best crowd-puller in this game.

Q Best golf shot you've seen live?

A Adam Scott at the 2008 Singapore Open. It was quite windy, we had a four-iron on his bag, the flag was stuck behind the bunker, over the ridge. He had only one option, to hit a low-rising high fade, which he did to about two feet (0.6m). I think that's probably a one-in-a-thousand shot.

Q Favourite golf course?

A  I would say Sentosa. Just a challenging lay-out, you got to be at your 100 per cent to play well, it's a true test.

Q Most memorable pro-am partner?

A It was in India, the legendary cricketer Kapil Dev. He's retired, but he's like a god in India.

Q What did you buy with your first serious paycheck?

A I think I bought something for my mum and dad. I don't remember what, this was nine years ago.

Nicholas Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2016, with the headline 'Gaganjeet Bhullar'. Print Edition | Subscribe