Tiger Woods arrived in Delhi by private jet on Monday on his first visit to India. Woods will be playing an exhibition game on Tuesday at the Delhi Golf Club. Woods will first play alongside a select group of corporates and then in a four ball match on the last four holes against Indian golfers Shiv Kapur and Anirban Lahiri as well as Pawan Munjal, CEO and MD of Hero Motor Group.
The 14-time Major winner had been reportedly invited to India by Munjal, who had sent personal invitations to a select group of golf aficionados — including corporates and international business leaders who will be in the capital ahead of the Auto Expo — for Tuesday’s event. Munjal incidentally also sponsors Shiv Kapur.
Woods will also open a set of apartments in Gurgaon that have been named after him. According to a report in The Guardian, Woods is expected to earn a seven-figure fee for his day-long appearance. A source pegged the amount at $ 2million. Woods is expected to return later in the year for a more relaxed visit.
It is learned that even the invitees to Woods’ exhibition game are required to bring their cards and requested not to ask for autographs from or photographs with Woods. The DGC members have also been asked to bring their membership cards. Woods had spoken about his impending India trip at the Dubai Desert Classic tournament, where he had finished tied for 41st place last week.
“I don’t know,” Woods had said when asked about his expectation from the visit. “I have never been there. This will be my first time so it will be fun. Then I will head back home to see my kids.”
Woods revealed in Dubai that the India trip was a long time coming as he had been invited by good friend Arjun Atwal several times in the past. “Arjun has been asking me to come to India, but somehow it never happened. Now it has. Yeah, I’m looking forward to it, finally going to go for my first time,” he had said.
Shiv Kapur, who also played in the Dubai Desert Classic, felt it will have a big impact on Indian golf.
“Tiger’s visit to India is going to make a huge impact and there is a big buzz already not only in Delhi but the whole country. I know the members at my club (DGC) are very excited and there is going to be people climbing all over the walls just to get a glimpse of Tiger,” he had said.
Incidentally Hero is in advanced stages of launching a 600cc sports bike that is slated for a launch in both the domestic and overseas markets. A concept version of this bike is expected to be showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo starting February 5, a day after Woods’ high profile visit.