Golf's Future Lies in Asia: Colin Montgomerie

Scottish golf legend Colin Montgomerie wished India all the success in the 2014 Asian Games where golf is also a discipline. He is in Delhi to take part in a golf event.

Updated: September 19, 2014 23:13 IST
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A file photo of European golfer Colin Montgomerie.

New Delhi: Scottish golf legend Colin Montgomerie on Friday said the sport's future lies in Asia as the game has stagnated in Europe and America.

"Golf in America and Europe, I think, has stagnated in the last 10 years. The growth of the game is in Asia," Montgomerie said.

"We have an Asian winner of a Major, Y.E. Yang, who beat Tiger Woods in the PGA championship and that is a proof. We feel there is more to come," added Montgomerie, who conducted a short clinic for budding talents on the sidelines of the opening day of the Hero Cycles Golf Cup, here at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC).

"China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India have all come up well. I see India are going to Korea to compete in the Asian Games and I wish them all the success. And it would be great to see an Indian champion, a real world champion. I possibly saw that this morning. Possibly I saw 5-6 champions there this morning," the eight-time European Order of Merit winner said.

On being asked about his advice to juniors, Colin said: "You have to have the passion and the desire. I saw that in the questions some of the juniors asked today (Friday). It's amazing when you play golf in Britain, Scotland, Europe and America but today (Friday) I have realised that it's incredible to play this game in India with the youngsters. I also saw the girls playing so well and it's wonderful that many girls are playing so well."

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