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Lahiri, Shiv may play with Woods

Tiger Woods in Dubai, on Saturday. (Reuters)

New Delhi: Tiger Woods is set to make a brief appearance at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) on Tuesday morning. And only two professional players are expected to get a chance to figure in the “four-hole mini match” against him here.

The rest of the participants, according to sources, would be top officials and guests of the corporate house that has reportedly spent a fortune to ensure Woods’ maiden visit to India. The media and general spectators would be barred from entering the DGC throughout Tuesday.

“As far as we know, except Anirban Lahiri and Shiv Kapur, no other regular amateur or professional player would get a chance to play against Woods,” a source said. “Special passes are being issued for entry that day. Even members won’t be allowed to play on Tuesday,” he added.

“A visit by a player like Tiger Woods is a big thing I would like be a part of the mini match, but that’s not possible,” said a Delhi based national golfer. “Hope I will get an admit card to watch him from close, at least.”

Shiv Kapur felt Woods’ visit would be a big boost to Indian golf. “Without doubt, Tiger’s visit to India is going to make a huge impact. There is a big buzz already not only in Delhi but the whole country,” Kapur, who is a product of DGC, said in Dubai.

The 38-year-old American star, who has 14 Majors under his belt, would have an extremely tight schedule during his short stay in Delhi. He is expected to arrive late on Monday night from Dubai and would go to the DGC at 8 am.

Unconfirmed reports said he might conduct a clinic before playing the mini match against corporate bosses. He may also visit an automobile exhibition in the capital. He may also sign a deal with DGC.

On Friday, in Dubai, Woods had said he was happy to visit Delhi as his friend Arjun Atwal had repeatedly asked him to come to India.

“Arj (Tiger calls Atwal by that name) 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 (to India) for my first time,” Woods was quoted as saying in Dubai on Friday.

In India, Woods would be accompanied by his personal caddie and his team of physiotherapists. Currently ranked No. 1 in the world, Woods has been one of world’s highest paid athletes for several years.

All officials connected with Woods’s visit are maintaining a strict silence. “Woods would be on a private visit and we have no intention of making it a public function,” one official said.