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Major Winner heads to India for Golf League

India's fascination with shortened sporting formats continues with the news that Mumbai is about to launch it's first city-based golf league of 14-hole golf.

Modeled on the country's Twenty20 cricket league - The Indian Premier League - which itself is an abridged form of the game, the teams of four players will play two day-night sessions of stroke-play that culminates in a final round of best-ball golf.

The novel approach to the game will boast international stars including former British Open champion Darren Clarke, Angel Cabrera, Michael Campbell and American Rich Beem, a three-time PGA Tour winner.

The international golfers will link up with local players in the foursomes in an effort to appeal to the vastly populous nation, who, certainly when it comes to cricket, are avid sports fans.

"When I saw the Indian Premier League, I thought it made cricket look cool," said Indian golfer Shiv Kapur, the mastermind of the league. "I wanted to do the same in golf, without taking away the seriousness, of course."

The 30-year-old added: "It would be a great opportunity for the local players to team up with some of the big names. It would be an experience they would cherish for the rest of their lives."

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