Perhaps all Tiger Woods needed to shake out of his early-season doldrums was a trip to India.
Depending on which puff piece you read coming out of the local papers there, it appears that Woods was red-hot during his 18-hole exhibition at Delhi Golf Club, carding 10 birdies.
The world No. 1 was invited – and handsomely compensated, with a reported seven-figure payday – by Pawan Munjal, the CEO and managing director of Hero MotoCorp.
As Munjal told reporters afterward: “The way Woods was playing, I think he should come back again to play in the Indian Open. I am honored to be able to get him to India on his first visit. Let me say it won’t be his last visit to India.”
Reports estimate that about 2,000 spectators attended the private event. Woods played alongside Munjal and Indian golfers Shiv Kapur and Anirban Lahiri.
“Thanks so much for the time, it was an absolute blast,” Woods told the crowd, according to this local report. “It is hard to say how much fun I had today. It was a narrow golf course and I was nervous with my tee shot. My best buddy Arjun (Atwal) told me so much about India and I am happy to be here. Thank you so much.”
It was also noted in the report that Woods donated a portion of his considerable appearance fee to the charity organization.
After the corporate outing, Woods was scheduled to return home to Florida. It is unclear where he will make his next PGA Tour start – last week, it was reported that the world No. 1 likely would skip the Match Play, which means his next start would probably be the Honda Classic, near his Jupiter, Fla., home.
Woods, you might have heard, is off to his worst-ever start as a pro: T-80 at Torrey Pines and T-41 at Dubai.