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‘Woods’s return will improve TV ratings’

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NEW DELHI: Ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh hopes that Tiger Woods’s return to international action would revive the television viewership of the sport across the globe.

Jeev chose not to comment on Woods’ personal problems but said the iconic golfer should make a comeback soon. “He has got to come back in three months. He has changed the game worldwide. His absence is affecting the TV ratings. When he comes back, things will fall into place,” Jeev said at the launch of the Callaway Golf India here on Tuesday.

Olympic dreams

The top Indian golfer expressed his desire to participate in the 2016 Olympics. “I think if I can push myself, my game would be much better (by that time),” said Jeev.

On the Asian team’s loss to Europe in the Royal Trophy, Jeev said, “It is a little disappointing. The finish was fantastic. One could not have asked for a better finish. On the last day, the last hole was the deciding factor. We put up a good fight against Europe.”

Jeev backed Gaganjeet Bhullar, who accompanied him in the Royal Trophy. “If I were in his shoes, I would have been nervous too. He will develop,” the veteran pro said.

On the occasion, Jeev was roped in as the brand ambassador of Callaway — a US-based golf equipment and accessories company. He was optimistic that Callaway’s entry into India would help create more public golf courses in the country and give a chance to younger talents.

The President of Callaway Golf, George Fellows, promised that his company had aims to work at grassroots level.

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