Following the Dubai Desert Classic, Woods will reportedly travel from the United Arab Emirates to India for a one-day private event at Delhi Golf Club for a “substantial” appearance fee, according to the Hindustan Times:
It is reliably learnt that the world No 1 golfer, who is currently competing at the Dubai Desert Classic, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, is expected to be in the Capital early next week. The winner of 14 Majors is scheduled to play a few holes of golf with top corporate figure Pawan Munjal and a couple of other select guests – it is not yet known whether he has agreed to play a full round of 18 holes – before taking part in some engagements. Product endorsements, however, do not seem to figure on Woods’ agenda.
While refusing to divulge too much, DGC president, IVS Juneja, said, “So far, it is on the cards. What we have been granted is conditional acceptance. But it’ll only be confirmed in the next couple of days.”
Woods’ trip is expected only to last a few hours, yet, of course with all things involving Tiger Woods, there’s quite a bit of commotion happening at the venue and amongst the organizers.
It isn’t clear on the guest list, but it will be exclusive. Unconfirmed reports say Woods will be receiving $2.2 million for the exhibition. Day-am.
Meanwhile, it appears we can add Tiger’s name to the growing list of top players who will skip next month’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at the not-so-beloved Dove Mountain near Tucson, Arizona, according to ESPN.com’s Bob Harig.
Woods has yet to make it official, but indications are he will skip next month’s WGC-Accenture Match Play, the first of four World Golf Championship events.
It would be just the third time since the event’s inception, and first since 2010, that Woods would be a no-show. Woods, 38, has won the tournament three times, but not since it moved to the Golf Club at Dove Mountain near Tucson, Ariz., in 2009.
In his past four appearances in the tournament, Woods has failed to advance beyond the second round. Twice he was bounced in the first round, including last year, when he was defeated on the first day by Charles Howell III.
Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson have already announced they will not play in the event, and there are rumblings that Rory McIlroy will be the next big star to pull out, but nothing has been confirmed.
With the world nos. 1, 2 and 4 (and possibly 6) out of the picture, sounds like the Tour will have to go pretty far down the world ranking list to fill the number one seeds in the bracket!