Woods’ absence to hit TV ratings: Jeev
Jeev Milkha Singh’s name will be taken in the same breath as greats like Gary Player, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. Reason: They now share a common platform as Callaway Golf brand ambassadors.other Updated: Jan 12, 2010 23:11 IST
Jeev Milkha Singh’s name will be taken in the same breath as greats like Gary Player, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. Reason: They now share a common platform as Callaway Golf brand ambassadors.
Announcing the commencement of its India operations, George Fellows, president and chief executive officer, said the top ranked Indian’s feats were in sync with the company’s “innovative spirit”.
The world No. 55 was quick to return the compliment. Adjusting the cap bearing the company’s crest, he smiled, “I’ve been waiting for this for years.” Recounting his fondness for Callaway clubs, Jeev said, “I won the Bank Austria GolfOpen last year with these and went on to win two more.”
On a stage discussing golf, it was a matter of time before Tiger Woods’ name popped up. Expressionless, Jeev replied, “No comments on his personal life but given the man’s impact on the game, his sabbatical will surely hit TV ratings. Hopefully, he’ll be back in three months.” Asia’s defeat in last week’s Royal Trophy was also a sore point. “It was disappointing to lose (to Europe) but what a competition it was. The last group, last hole and last putt decided the title.”
Reacting to reports that team-mate Gaganjeet Bhullar was nervous playing alongside him, Jeev said, “I would have behaved in the same way had I been in his place. He is just 21 and a phenomenal talent. He will go places.” Terming golf as the “fastest growing sport in the country”, Jeev advocated the need for public courses. “There is just one in the country, to take golf to the masses we need many more.”