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Star-studded Deutsche Bank championship

By Rakesh Rao

BOSTON, SEPT. 2. Not without reason, Kapil Dev is keen to add to the list of special days in his life.

After all, Indians do not get many opportunities to play alongside Tiger Woods. Kapil flew in all the way to this city, known worldwide for its institutes of higher education than for being the place where the American Revolution took roots, to learn a thing or two from the man who has redefined excellence in golf.

But Kapil did not get to tee-off with Tiger on the eve of the Deutsche Bank golf Championship.

When the pro-am draw was made late on Wednesday evening, Kapil was listed with three others to tee off with Japanese pro Tanaka Hidemichi on Friday afternoon.

But soon, Kapil was assured he would tee off in the morning with a different pro, not necessarily with Tiger Woods.

Minutes before the draw was announced at the Massachusetts State House here, Kapil sounded eager to get a close look at Tiger.

"I would love to see how he approaches each shot. It is always great to play alongside someone who is acknowledged as the best in the game even by his peers. Of course, getting to play a round with Tiger will make one of 10 biggest days of my life. As I said before, it is like a child getting to chance to play with Kapil, who finished a practice round on Wednesday at two over, remembered meeting Ivan Lendl on the golf course a few years ago.

"He is a great guy and now a good friend. He is a far better golfer and works as hard on the game today as he once used to on his tennis," says Kapil.

In the golfing fraternity here, quite understandably, Kapil is not chased for autographs or photographs. In fact, over dinner, one guest asked Kapil which country he was from. It was a sort of strange reality check for the former cricketer.

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