Enough role models in India for golf to thrive: Westwood

There were enough Indian role models in golf whose worldwide achievements would help the game to grow and thrive in the country, according to newly crowned world number 1 golfer Lee Westwood.

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2010, 19:38 PM IST

Mumbai: There were enough Indian role models
in golf whose worldwide achievements would help the game to
grow and thrive in the country, according to newly crowned
world number 1 golfer Lee Westwood.

"I think the achievements of India`s own players in
Europe, America and Asia have greatly boosted the profile of
the game in the sub-continent," Lee said.

"I am sure the game will continue to grow in India
because youngsters now have great role models within their own
country," said the English golfer who dethroned Tiger Woods at
the top, according to a media release.

The 37-year-old golf pro, a huge fan of Indian food, has
also expressed his wish to visit the country at some time in
the future.

"I have heard so many good things about the sub-continent
that I definitely hope to play there one day. I love Indian
food and I`m sure Jeev (Milkha Singh) and Shiv (Kapur) know
all the best places to go to," he said.

"Hopefully there will not be a fixture clash so that I
can get there," Westwood said in the interview featured in the
latest issue of the magazine.

Westwood, who has played in a number of co-sanctioned
events on the Asian Tour, is to compete in WGC-HSBC Champions
in Shanghai later this week along with Tiger Woods.

Now that he has reached the top of the heap, Westwood,
who is still to win a Major, is determined to keep his crown
for as long as possible, but expects Tiger Woods to roar back.

"Knowing Tiger as I do, he will probably go out and win
the HSBC world event. He won`t like being No 2 at anything,"
he said.

PTI

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