Both Bhullar and Lahiri will be making their debut in the prestigious tournament, which will offer USD 7 million in the individual category and USD 1 million for nations which consist of two players. (Agencies)
Bhullar would not like to let his biggest fans – his parents -- down when he attempts to build on a liking for Royal Melbourne Golf Club at the USD 8 million event.
Bhullar had a top-10 finish at last week's Australian Masters here and he would like to continue with his fine form.
"I've got family who came down from Brisbane last week and my parents are here as well from India this week. They do travel once in a while to watch me play and it'll be good to play well in front of them at such an important event. Everyone is so excited to see me play in the World Cup," said Bhullar, who is a four-time Asian Tour champion.
"I played really good here last week. I was feeling high on confidence and I'm sure that confidence will help me. I just want to focus on the next four days. The sky is the limit. I'm going to try to keep my confidence level high,” he said.
"This is my first World Cup and I'm really excited. We went for qualifying a few years ago and we just missed it. It's a great sense of achievement for team India. Anirban and I have grown up together in the amateur ranks and we represented India in quite a few international events, so it's good to be here together," he added.
Lahiri, on the other hand, didn't enjoy a good outing at the par-71 Royal Melbourne last week, missing the cut after failing to come to grips with the lighting-quick greens at one of Australia's most famous sandbelt golf courses.
"It's probably the quickest greens that I've ever played on. The biggest challenge would be around the greens, getting into the right spots. You could be five or 10 feet away and have no chance of making a two-putt unless it goes in," said Lahiri, who is a three-time winner on the Asian Tour.
Both Bhullar and Lahiri will be making their debut in the prestigious tournament, which will offer USD 7 million in the individual category and USD 1 million for nations which consist of two players.