Golf legend Tiger Woods, who is in India for a promotional event, tweeted today about meeting cricket god Sachin Tendulkar. Woods met Tendulkar and his family in Delhi at a five star hotel.
Just met a cricket legend and his family. Sachin Tendulkar @sachin_rt was so cool and loved being welcomed to India.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) February 3, 2014
Woods is expected to play an 18-hole round with special invitees at the heavily guarded Delhi Golf Club on Tuesday morning, an event that is closed to the public and the media. "I am afraid this is a strictly private affair," a club official told AFP. "Even regular members will not be allowed in unless they have been invited."
The 14-time Major winner will play alongside Hero Motors boss Pawan Munjal and his guests that include two renowned Indian golfers, Shiv Kapur and Arjun Atwal. Kapur, a member of the upscale Delhi Golf Club, is a regular on the European and Asian tour. Atwal is a long-time friend and PGA Tour colleague of Woods.
Media reports speculated that Woods could be earning an appearance fee worth a seven-figure dollar sum for his short trip. Despite the public and media being excluded from the event, Kapur said Woods's presence would boost golf's image in the cricket-mad nation.
"Tiger's visit to India is going to make a huge impact and there is a big buzz already not only in Delhi but the whole country," Kapur said on the sidelines of the Dubai Desert Classic last week.
Woods isn't the first sporting legend thrilled to meet India's most famous sportsperson.
Roger Federer had caught up with the little master on the sidelines of the 2011 Wimbledon.
Tendulkar had an hour-long chat with the Swiss legend, after which the two also had a dinner. "Spent an hour with Roger Federer chatting on the balcony of Wimbledon Royal box. What a humble guy! And by the way he knows a lot about cricket!!" Tendulkar later tweeted.
Federer too talked about his meeting with Tendulkar on his Facebook page.
"Today was a special day, played a good match and had the chance to catch up with the great indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar," read his status.
Tendulkar has also rubbed shoulders with Formula One legend Michael Schumacher. During the Indian Grand Prix in 2011, Tendulkar waved the chequered flag to mark Sebastian Vettel's win as he hobnobbed with the who's who of the motorsport.