Dubai: Star Indian golfers Jeev Milkha Singh and Shiv Kapur have hailed the Asian Tour's entry into the Middle East and hoped to put their name on the inaugural Dubai Open trophy at The Els Club Dubai next month.
Two-time Asian Tour number one, Singh believes the new Dubai event, which will be the final tournament of the 2014 season from December 18 to 21, is a wonderful addition on the region's premier Tour Schedule and hopes it would pave the way for more events to emerge in the Middle East.
"I'm very excited for the players and the Tour and I hope we have more tournaments coming up there. I'm looking forward to going to Dubai. My sponsor, 'golf In DUBAi', is promoting and organising the event ... Full marks to them and the Tour for creating this new tournament for us," said Singh.
Kapur said: "We've got the Race to Dubai and the Challenge Tour grand final there, so to have the Asian Tour there now is obviously very good. It bodes well for the future and it's a huge market. Hopefully we can have multiple events there in the years to come."
Singh, is keen to finish off his 2014 campaign on a strong note after a tough season where he slipped down the world rankings. A series of injuries has not helped his cause but with homeopathic treatment, he is on the mend.
"I love coming back to Asia, it's given me a lot and I just love the Asian Tour and the camaraderie. It feels like home to me," said Singh, who has won three times in Europe.
"I've never played at The Els Club Dubai but I've heard it's a fantastic golf course, so I'm looking forward to playing there," said Singh, a former World No. 35.
Kapur has set himself a target of winning one title before the end of the year and Dubai would be a good prospect especially when he won the Dubai Festival City Challenge last year which was the final event on the European Challenge Tour.
"I've had a steady season but I've not won a tournament. I like to try to end the year with a win again," he said.
"I've played at The Els Club Dubai previously. It's a long course and quite tricky. If they have the rough up, it'll be a good test. It's quite different than what we usually play on the Asian Tour ... It's like an American style course. There is not too much grain on the greens and it'll be a good change for the Asian Tour players."