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The European Tour breaks new ground this week with their first visit to India. The EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters will be played at the Delhi Golf Club with Ernie Els, Mark OMeara, David Howell, Thomas Bjorn and Darren Clarke headlining the field. You may not rank India up there as one of the worlds top golfing nations so here a few Indian golfing factoids to get your juices following:
 
  • There are currently more Indian golfers in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking than each of the following countries: Scotland, Wales, France and The Republic of Ireland.
     
  • 2007 saw the very first playing of the EMAAR-MGF Indian Ladies Masters on the LET, won by Gwladys Nocera of France
     
  • There are 181 courses with roughly 100,000 regular players in India
     
  • 30 players will fly the Indian flag at this weeks European Tour event
     
  • This weeks venue the Delhi Golf Club was constructed in 1931 and is home to over 300 species of birds; its considered one of Indias golfing gems.
     

    Karrie Off to Flying Start:
    Karrie Webb is off to a great start on the Ladies European Tour. The Australian captured her national open last week in a playoff over Ji-Yai Shin at Kingston Heath. Its somewhat dj vu for the seven-time major winner, who rattled off wins at the MFS Australian Open and the ANZ Ladies Masters, where she beat none other than Ji-Yai Shin by two shots, to begin the 2007 LET schedule. Problem was for Karrie she didnt continue the winning streak on the LPGA Tour, failing to take a title after having nabbed five in 2006. This week Webb returns to Royal Pines for the ANZ, but heavy rain is causing major problems with the course closed for practice rounds.
     
    Next week the focus in the womens game will switch to the LPGA Tour for the SBS Open at Turtle Bay with Annika Sorenstam making a rare appearance in the Pacific. I was out at Reunion last week for a story with Annika, and watched her hit balls on the range for a little while. Let me tell you, if she keeps hitting like that then watch out. Im going to stick my neck out and say as long as she stays healthy, Sorenstam will capture a major this season.
     
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  • Full Coverage - Indian Masters