Woods’ Star Appearance in Malaysia
Although Rory McIlroy might be shooting to the top of the golf world, Tiger Woods is still drawing in attention from fans and the media alike. Whilst McIlroy has taken second place in the BMW Masters in Shanghai this week, the CIMB Classic in Malaysia was given a touch of the ‘Woods Factor’.
As one of only eight from the top 50 ranked golf players, Woods’ appearance at the $6.1 million tournament shone some attention on the action. Jason Dufner, one of the 48 players competing in the CIMB this year, said that the 14 times major title champion brought a boost to the event, which is set to become part of the 2013 PGA Tour’s Fedex Cup schedule.
“I think it’s a great thing for this event and for the country of Malaysia to have a player of Tiger’s calibre come and fit this event into his schedule,” said Dufner. “As players we appreciate it because it makes the field and the event attract a little more media. You get more spectators out here. He tends to pull in spectators. A lot of people want to see him play some golf.”
Whilst many other CIMB events lacked the appearance of spectators, hundreds of fans turned out for the tournament’s pro-am on the 18th green between Woods and Najib Razak, the Malaysian Prime Minister.
“There is no doubt about it, when Tiger is in the field it just makes the event better overall,” Dufner told reporters.
Ranked 119th player in the world, India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar is enjoying the opportunity to play alongside one of golf’s biggest stars. “Tiger Woods is a legend, and a living legend,” he said. “What he has done, no one else has done in this generation. I think all of Asia is getting excited to see him this week.”
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