MCILROY PLEASED WTH PROGRESS

Rory McIlroy, the world number two golfer, is pleased with his progress as he sets off on his 7th straight appearance at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Twenty-two year old McIlroy first appeared in the Classic when he was only 16 years old back in 2006 and won the title in 2009.

On Wednesday, McIlory, the Northern Irishman, told journalists at Dubai’s Majlis course, that he felt like he had definitely matured a lot this past year as a golfer and probably just as a person as well. He felt like he can play more controlled golf when he need to.

He learnt a lot from his torturesome near-miss at US Masters last year to romp to a record 8-shot victory at the US Open.

He stated, “When you’re not playing as well, you need to know your limitations, reel it back in a little bit and play the percentages a bit more.”

This approach worked for Rory at Abu Dhabi Championship, in January, where only a 2-stroke penalty stopped him from winning.

McIlory added that he did not feel like the golf that he played in Abu Dhabi deserved to win. He scored very well and was able to get himself into contention, which was really great.

He was paired with Tiger Woods in 3 out of 4 rounds in Abu Dhabi and Rory praised Tiger, the former world number one.

McIlroy said that he had spent a little bit of time with Tiger before that, but not as much as he did then. It was nice to play with Woods and he felt pretty relaxed out there in Wood’s company and they chatted the whole way around, talking about golf clubs, the hotel and peanut butter and jelly, amongst other things!

Ten Golf all set to launch

In India, the recognized body of professional golf PGTI (Professional Golf Tour of India), have declared that they have signed a 3 year partnership deal with the television channel Ten Golf, to be launched next month.

The channel, which is exclusive for golf, is owned by the Taj Television Ltd, and allows Ten Golf the television rights for all Professional Golf Tour of India sanctioned championships both within and outside India from 2012 to 2014.

Speaking on this development, the chief executive officer of Taj Television India Atul Pande said that their succssful broadcast strategy of taregtting viewers with dedicated sports channels had led to the thought of this exclusive golf channel.

Their tie up with Professional Golf Tour of India will help to strengthen the Indian tour. Ten Golf will work intimately with European Tour and Asian Tour to add top class golf action for television viewers in India as well as the sub-continent.

When the channel launches next month, it will be telecasting a weekly show called ‘Inside the PGTI’. This show will be highlighting the top golfing action from PGTI championships. It will also feature interviews with golfers on the Professional Golf Tour of India circuits, such as Jeev Milkha Singh

They also have the rights to all PGA Tour events, including the US Open and the up and coming Masters – its just a shame that no Indians feature amongst the favourites in the latest Masters golf betting odds.

The port folio of Taj Television includes channels like Ten Sports, Ten Action+, Ten HD and Ten Cricket that reaches hundred million households in India.

The director of PGTI Padamjit Sandhu said that professional golf in India has been a firm positive growth in the past few years under PGTI. Today, they are at a phase where it is quite important for them to exhibit the depth if Indian talent and their achievements along with the help of an electronic medium.