Tiger visits crew on aircraft carrier

March 4, 2004 at 5:40 PM

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- Golf stars Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara flew to the carrier USS George Washington in the Persian Gulf to visit the crew, Navy officials said Thursday.

Woods, the world's top-ranked player, and O'Meara were given a tour of the carrier Wednesday, signed autographs and put on a demonstration -- hitting some drives into the gulf to the cheers of the 6,000-member crew, officials said.

The two golfers flew in from the United Arab Emirates, where they are playing in the Dubai Desert Classic, a European tour event.

They were flown to the carrier on military aircraft for a visit of about an hour.

Woods said the visit was one of the "most awe-inspiring" of his life.

"I wanted to come out here because I was raised in the military, with my father being in the Army, and I understand the sacrifices he made for our country," Woods told the crew.

"And I understand all the sacrifices you are making for our country, and I want to honor that."

"We travel around a lot playing golf, but we can only do that because of what you all are doing for us," O'Meara told the crew. "We don't take that for granted."

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