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Golfer Bhullar seeks rise in rankings


Shanghai, Oct 29 (IANS) India's Gaganjeet Bhullar is relishing the opportunity to make his move in the world rankings when he tees up for his third appearance at the WGC-HSBC Champions which begins Thursday.

Bhullar is currently ranked 185 in the world and is eyeing a huge leap up the rankings with a solid performance at the year's final World Golf Championship.

"This week is really going to be an important one for my world ranking. Last week in Malaysia was good but I felt I could have done better. These are the opportunities which we get through the Asian Tour and I would really love to make my mark," said Bhullar.

Bhullar will face-off against the world's best players at the Sheshan International Golf Club and like the other Asian players in the field this week, he is confident of a good showing.

"Gone are the days when Asians are in the field just to make up the numbers. We're right up there and every time one or the other is in contention now," said Bhullar.

The Indian has four victories on the Asian Tour and earned his place at this week's WGC-HSBC Champions courtesy his position on the Order of Merit where he is ranked third.

"I've been enjoying a good streak so far and I'm just waiting for the best to happen in my career. With more opportunities to compete against these top players, I'm also going to be a better player myself too," said the 25-year-old.

The tourney will see Asia's best challenge the likes of American Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson and Boo Weekley as well as defending champion Ian Poulter and 2012 Open Champion Ernie Els.