Indian golf league introduced

Darren Clarke and Angel Cabrera are among four major winners who will reportedly be teeing off in a city-based golf league in India next month.

The format is modelled on the country's Twenty20 cricket league and is the brainchild of Indian golfer Shiv Kapur.

The league could also feature former US Open champion Michael Campbell, 2002 PGA Championship winner Rich Beem, Englishman David Howell and Asian Tour stalwart Thaworn Wiratchant.

"When I saw the Indian Premier League, I thought it made cricket look cool. I wanted to do the same in golf, without taking away the seriousness of course," said Kapur, whose lone Asian Tour win came in 2005.

"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 life."

The inaugural league is scheduled to begin on 8-10 February on a course near Mumbai and will feature two day-night rounds of strokeplay, followed by the third and final round of best-ball format.

Each three-hour round will be played over 14 holes, instead of the regular 18, by the teams comprising four golfers, both local and international, and a player auction is scheduled to take place later this month.