Golf News for Monday, January 5, 2009 | Podcast

Golf in India and Malaysia, and legendary instructor Gary Wiren on hitting better approach shots

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In this week's podcast, host Dave Berner talks to PGA Hall of Fame member Gary Wiren - director of instruction for Donald Trump Golf Properties and founder of Golf Around the World - about golf in India.

"India is an emerging country in regards to the economy," Wiren says. "As in any country with strong economic growth, you're going to see more popularity in golf. It's always been a game to those who had some leisure, first of all, and could afford to play the game."

Continuing in the golf travel vein,'s Brandon Tucker reports on his recent visit to the World Amateur Inter-team Golf Championship in Malaysia.

"Maybe in the United States you haven't heard about the event very much, but on the other side of the world it's actually a pretty popular event, they've been doing it for 15 years now," Tucker says.

Finally, Wiren explains why amateur golfers usually short their approaches to the green.

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