New Delhi, Feb 7 (UNI) Thomas Bjorn is thoroughly enjoying his first visit to India. ''It's quite an interesting place,'' said the Great Dane after shooting a solid four-under-par 68 on the opening day of the EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters here today.
''We hear a lot about India from their players who are playing on the European Tour. They are very well liked and they have been shouting at us for years to come down here and now we're here.
''We need to build our tournaments in this part of the world.
We want to have a great relationship with India and the Asian Tour.
And to build events like this is always going to take time.
''I think when you come here from Dubai, there's certainly some differences in the way things are here,'' said Bjorn, who is temporarily based in Dubai.
''It's all about time, and it's all about seeing a place. We said a little bit the same thing when we went to China. It was such an emerging place. It was growing very quickly, and you know, this is the same here.
''The place is growing every day; it's buzzing, things are happening here, and it feels great to be a part of it,'' said Bjorn who is also a golf in DUBAI ambassador.
''We (the players) are proud that the European Tour has come to this part of the world and has built a relationship for the future. I think that's the important thing, and, hopefully, we'll have not one, but many good tournaments in this part of the world,'' Bjorn said who was pretty pleased with his start.
''It was a good day. I played pretty solid until the last three holes. It was just pretty steady off the tee. I took a couple chances and got off well. It's not an easy golf course.
''But you've just got to stick to your plan and try to take advantage of the par 5s but do it in a conservative way.'' Asked if he has any goal for the year? He replied, ''My goal for the year is to get myself back to the golf I can play. If you're going to ask me, do you want to play in the Ryder Cup; do you want to play in the big championships, well, you know, I wouldn't say I'm happy that I'm not going to some of the big championships.
''But I certainly don't think my golf is right there where I want it to be to go and play in some of the biggest tournaments. I think that can set me back at the moment.
''I'm just going to build and build and build and I'm sure Europe has 12 better players than me at the moment, that's for sure,'' he said.
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