It will be no surprise if an Indian wins: Montgomerie

Gurgaon, Feb 27 (UNI) Eight-time European number one Colin Montgomerie today said that he would not be surprised if an Indian wins the US 2.5 million dollars Johnnie Walker Classic starting here from tomorrow.

''It will not surprise me if an Indian winner emerged and followed in the footsteps of S S P Chowrasia, who scored a stunning victory at the Emaar-MGF Indian Masters earlier this month,'' Montgomerie told mediapersons.

''The Indian challenge is very strong. They have more opportunity now to play the game and they are taking the opportunity and working hard at it and see the rewards that are available to them. And all credit to them for coming out and working hard,'' he said.

World number 11 Vijay Singh, whose parents are of Indian descent, was of the view that India's hosting of major golf tournaments will eventually create a new wave of local players breaking through the ranks.

''I think it's good. It's good for golf in Asia. In India, they have had one tournament a few weeks ago and really, it lives up to the expectations and younger players coming up here know how to play. They know what they need to do, how good you have to play to beat the guys coming over,'' said the three-time Major champion.

Meanwhile, world number five Australian Adam Scott exuded confidence of regaining the Johnnie Walker Classic.

''Just to win, really,'' said the 2005 winner when asked about his goals for the week. ''It's just competitive instinct in every guy out here who wants to win, and I think whether you're playing really well or really poorly, you know you can do better and you can win.

''The feeling of winning is the greatest feeling you can get out of the game, and that should be good motivation for you,'' added Scott.

Asia has been a happy hunting ground for the globe-trotting Scott, whose 13 career wins include five titles in Asia. He has also won six times on the US PGA Tour.

''I know I'm playing well. I just got to get back into the swing of stroke play and four good rounds under my belt here. I can see a lot of birdies out there, but I can see disaster happening quite quickly,'' said Scott.

The US 2.5 million dollars Johnnie Walker Classic is the third major event to be played in the sub-continent this month.


Story first published: Friday, February 29, 2008, 12:57 [IST]
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