Jeev not in favour of 'Super Series'

Published: Thursday, February 5, 2009, 16:29 [IST]
 
Jeev not in favour of 'Super Series'

New Delhi, Feb 5: Jeev Milka Singh, India's ace golfer gave a thumbs down to PGA of Australia's bid for an Asia Pacific Super Series and asked them to join hands with Asian Tour to find a way out. "Even if they have a difference, they should start a dialogue and join hands," said Jeev.

Claiming support from golf associations from China, Japan and Korea, PGA of Australia recently announced a new six-event series. This 'Super Series' concept shocked and made the Asia Tour team angry, which lambasted PGA of Australia. The proposed series, however, suffered a jolt when Japan pulled out of the venture.

Jeev however favoured a truce between the Tours. He said that Asia is a big market and they should try and make this game big at the regional level. For this to happen the fighting factions should work together. Jeev admitted a lot of issues have to be resolved - exemption card, rankings, Order of Merit - and said a lot of hard work needs to be put in. "But these things can be achieved if we join hands," he said.

Jeev became candid over his dream to win US PGA Tour. He said, "I haven't won US PGA Tour and if it could be the big one then it would be the icing on the cake." He added that at the same time he doesn't want to ruin his chance by becoming too much result-oriented, something which he did in 2007 and failed miserably.

"I have found that becoming result-oriented has not been good for me. Rather, I have got to focus," he said. The 37-year-old Jeev said he was working on his short game as well as on his fitness.

Jeev feels that recession is taking toll on golf too. "Already the European Tour has lost four tournaments. We are not seeing more such cases because sponsors have 3-5 years lock-in period. But I don't see much contract renewal happening," he said.

Asked whether Tiger Woods' return to the scene following a surgery could help improve the financial situation a bit, Jeev said, "Woods coming back will definitely help but then if companies continue to sponsor but at the same time can not pay their employees, then that's unjustified."


OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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