Lucky amateur golfer will play with Tiger Woods in Dubai

Anyone in the world with a "valid handicap" can register with the winner playing with the world No 2 in a pro-am tournament before the Dubai Desert Classic in February.

Worlds number one player Tiger Woods tees off on the 8th hole of Majlis course during the Dubai Desert Classic Charity match at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, January 29,2008. { Photo by Paulo Vecina }
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DUBAI // One lucky amateur golfer will get the chance to play alongside Tiger Woods at the pro-am tournament that takes place ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.

Woods, who is making a return to European Tour event after a two year hiatus, often plays pro-am tournaments but amateurs generally pay for their place and are not guaranteed a chance to play with the No 2 ranked Woods.

In the case of Dubai, there is no charge to register and the player will be part of his foursome.

Anyone in the world with a "valid handicap" can register at www.golfindubai.org and the winner will be picked two weeks ahead of the February 9 tournament at the Emirates Golf Club.

Men must have a handicap of 18 or below and women 26. The aim of the competition is to boost support for golf in Dubai.

"The very intention behind having this online draw is to encourage amateurs to be part of the fun," said Mohammed Juma Buamaim, the vice chairman and CEO of the company golf in Dubai, which is organising the tournament.

"Playing alongside Tiger is a dream of every player," he said. "I am sure the lucky one, male or female, will learn quite a few things about the game just [by] watching him play, up close and personal."

Woods won the Desert Classic in 2006 and 2008 and has never finished lower than fifth since his first appearance in 2001.

He missed the 2009 tournament due to a knee injury and was absent last year amid the ongoing turmoil surrounding his personal life.