The two richest emirates in the U.A.E. may no longer be willing to pay Tiger Woods' $2-3 million appearance fee, but Woods' new sponsor for his World Challenge may be willing to pay to lure him to India.
Indian car maker Hero is the sponsor of the resurrected Indian Open, which the European Tour announced Monday would be part of its early-season 2014-15 schedule. While venue is still to be determined, the event will take place Feb. 19-22.
In September, Woods announced Hero would be the new title sponsor of the relocated World Challenge, the 18-man event which Woods has moved to Isleworth in Orlando, Fla., closer to his home and where many of the PGA Tour's best live. That announcement came seven months after Woods traveled to India to play in an exhibition and tour the country with Hero CEO Pawan Munjal -- and rake in a reported seven-figure pay day in the process.
After the exhibition, Munjal practically guaranteed Woods' return.
“The way Woods was playing, I think he should come back again to play in the Indian Open," he said. "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.”
Woods hasn't announced his schedule beyond the World Challenge in December.