After successfully applying the pro-league formula in a revamp of domestic cricket, India is set to welcome international golf stars including two-time major winner Angel Cabrera, British Open winner Darren Clarke and 2005 US Open champion Michael Campbell in a franchise-based Golf Premier League.
Devised by local player Shiv Kapur, the new tournament comprises eight teams of four players -- all hired in an auction system -- in a shortened format at the picturesque Aamby Valley golf course near Pune from Feb. 8-10.
The Twenty20 Indian Premier League, now in its fifth year, has attracted top international players and millions of viewers around the world, and Kapur said the success of the cricket league ''firmed up my resolve'' to create a competitive, team-based golf competition in India.
Campbell attracted the highest bid of $61,000 in the player auction, with Clarke and Cabrera getting bids of $55,000 each to sign for their respective clubs.
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