Veteran Bjorn feels India are fast emerging as a golf powerhouse
O'Meara and Thomas Bjorn, the veterans duo feel that India have the caliber to produce the Asian Tiger Woodsother Updated: Jan 23, 2008 18:23 IST
Two-time Major winner Mark O'Meara and European Tour veteran Thomas Bjorn feel India is fast emerging as a golf powerhouse and it would not be a surprise if the country produces an Asian Tiger Woods.
The duo, which is part of the star-studded $ 2.5 million Indian Masters, said the co-sanctioned event will inject new excitement into the country's golf scene when it arrives in the heart of India's capital from February 4 to 10 at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC).
"India and China are fast emerging as golfing powers. The game of golf has expanded so much there that it won't be a surprise if we see the next Tiger Woods emerging from there," said Bjorn, who feels top Indian golfers like Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal are at par with any professional in the world.
O'Meara, who turned 51 on January 13, echoed the view.
"I think this European Tour event will help the Asian players, the Indians in particular, to play against a stronger field. The Asian players have been doing very well on the global stage and Indian Masters will be another opportunity for them to showcase their skills," said the veteran pro.
O'Meara said he was looking forward to teeing off in India in a competitive field.
"It will be great fun to play there. I am looking forward to enjoying my stay in Delhi," said O'Meara.
With 29 victories world-wide, including 16 on the US PGA Tour under his belt, O'Meara would compete in a field, spearheaded by world number five Ernie Els, in what promises to be an intriguing battle in the sun.