Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:14
KUALA LUMPUR: Tiger Woods drew large crowds and spoke warmly of his affinity with Asia Wednesday as he warmed up for a rare appearance in the region looking to ease his frustrations over the Majors and the Ryder Cup.
Despite blazing midday sun at Kuala Lumpur's Mines Resort and Golf Club, about 200 people watched the enduringly popular 14-time Major champion finish his pro-am round with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
In the two years since Woods last played in Asia, finishing tied sixth at the 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions, he has put a damaging sex scandal behind him and is back at world number two after three wins this year.
And the 36-year-old, whose mother is from Thailand, said he was happy to return for the US$6.1 million CIMB Classic at the Mines, where he won golf's World Cup way back in 1999.
"People sometimes forget that my mom was born here, in Asia, ...