Wednesday October 24, 2012
Woods already creating a storm as he checks out course
MINES RESORT AND GOLF CLUB (Oct 25-28)
KUALA LUMPUR: Tiger Woods, the world’s highest paid athlete, is in town and already creating a storm in the CIMB Classic, which begins at the Mines Resort and Golf Club tomorrow.
The current world No. 2, behind Rory McIlroy, arrived in the city early yesterday and wasted no time checking out the golf course, which he last played on 13 years ago.
Woods last played on the course in the 1999 World Cup, partnering Mark O’Meara to clinch the title by five strokes for the United States.
Woods, wearing a blue shirt, played a few holes on the back nine. A few early birds hoping to catch him got lucky as he obliged their requests for autographs.
Golf enthusiasts can catch Woods strutting his stuff today when he plays in the pro-am at 7.30am with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Woods is headlining the 48-player US$6.1mil CIMB Classic event, now in its third year.
This is Woods’ first appearance in the tournament and it provides him with the chance to put a disappointing Ryder Cup campaign behind him.
Woods, a 14-time Major winner, failed to win a single match as Europe came from behind to snatch a 14˝-13˝ victory against the US in the Ryder Cup last month.