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Bhullar and Lahiri aim high

other Updated: Aug 04, 2010 00:16 IST

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Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri, who gave themselves a fine start in the second half of the season on the Asian Tour look to building on it at the US$300,000 Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters which starts on Wednesday. Bhullar, two-time winner on Asian Tour, and Lahiri looking for his maiden title, were tied fourth and 14th respectively and the former shot a brilliant 65 in the final round.

“I look forward to adding more to my kitty of title and want to have a shot at the Order of Merit in the second half of the season,” said Bhullar, who won the season-opener Asian tour International.

Also in the fray will be last week’s winner, Siddikur, who became the first Bangladeshi to win on Asian Tour.

Life has been a whirlwind for the 25-year-old Siddikur, who until last week was just one of the boys. His historic triumph in Brunei saw him make the front page of local newspapers in Dhaka and he has been besieged by congratulatory phone calls and emails from back home.

“So many things have been happening the last two days. I’ve received so many phone calls and over 100 emails from friends. Everyone is very excited and I can’t wait to get home,” said Siddikur.

“I’ve also had to make arrangements for visas to travel to Switzerland and Japan for tournaments next month. It’ll be great to play in the big events on the Asian Tour with my winner’s exemption.”

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat has an old score to settle when he competes in the Selangor Masters.

The 21-year-old former world junior champion is desperate to claim a first Asian Tour victory and hopes to cross the finish line first at the Seri Selangor Golf Club after being pipped by Rick Kulacz of Australia last year.