Tiger Woods Pro-Am Before Omega Dubai Desert Classic Includes American Soldier

Tiger Woods will play under the lights along with the world's No. 1 and No. 2 golfers during a par-3 challenge at Emirates Golf Club's par-3 course Monday evening. Woods is teamed up with Mark O'Meara. They will play the best tee-shot and alternate from there. The tournament is a recent tradition to the men's and women's events played in Dubai. 

On Wednesday, Woods will play alongside American soldier Michael Rowells during the pro-am. Tiger's father Earl Woods was a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, completing two tours during the Vietnam War. Years later, he named his son after a South Vietnamese army colleague. Woods will tee off with Army officer Lt. Col. Rowells, who beat out 16,000 entrants in a competition to play with Tiger for a day. 

Rowells, currently deployed with the 401st Army Field Support Brigade, has a nine handicap. 

"I am thrilled and can't believe my luck," Rowells said. "I registered with little hope of actually being selected.

"What a shock I received when I was contacted by my wife with the news that I have won. I immediately had visions of the first tee with Tiger. Truly a dream come true."

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