Tiger Woods said that India’s presence in the golfing world especially Anirban Lahiri has it him in the Indian market by winning a medal at the Rio Olympics 2016.

“Anirban, I am sure will be a part of the Olympics and he will be great and hopefully he wins. That will be an explosion for all of India,” Woods told Indian reporters in an interaction at the Albany Golf course here.

“I got a chance to play with Jeev (Milkha Singh) in his first Masters and Arjun (Atwal); I got to know him all those years. They are my best friends. I got to know these guys are on a different level and have been a lot of fun over the years. What they have doing for Indian golf and now what Anirban is doing, it’s been fun to watch,” said Woods.

“What Anirban is trying to do is that he went from the Asian Tour to the European tour to the American Tour, that itself is very hard. That much of travelling is tough. Trying to figure out how many times he’s going to play on which Tour.

After the success of Arjun Atwal and Jeev Milkha Singh, Anirban Lahiri is the new flag bearer of Indian golf.

“I just think that the game of golf being a part of Olympics is going to explode in countries that we thought will never take up the sport. That’s going to be fun for the game,” he said.

“It has been in many different countries without even starting yet. What I mean by that is earlier a lot of governments involved in a lot of subsidised golf programs at the grass-root level. Try and grow a bigger base so that more athletes are part of the Olympic sport,” he added.

If Lahiri can win a medal in the Olympics then golf in India will expand and see many people take the sports.