Self-confessed 'golf monster' Alice Cooper tees off in Dubai
Singer and musician Alice Cooper will be hoping to hit the right notes when he joins top players to compete in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Challenge Match on Tuesday at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort.
A self-confessed golf addict, Cooper will be paired with fellow American, Mark O’Meara, in the Challenge Match, which will also feature the likes of Lee Westwood, Thomas Bjorn, Jeev Milkha Singh, Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Henrik Stenson as they showcase their svelte swing during the nine-hole competition, starting at 3pm.
The Rock Hall of Fame inductee and School’s Out hitmaker has often credited golf with helping him to kick his crippling drinking addition in the ’80s.
“I love the game of golf. It’s never a bad day for me on the golf course,” he said in a release. “I’ve hit bad shots, but I’ve never thrown a club. I play a different course every single day.”
Cooper will also feature in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Pro Am on Wednesday.
In a tell-all memoir, Alice Cooper, Golf Monster, published in 2007, the metal entertainer wrote about how he fell in love with the game of golf, how he dried out at a sanitarium back in the late ’70s, and how he put the last nails in his addiction’s coffin by getting up daily at 7am to play 36 holes.
“If there is one rock star who takes his golf seriously, I think it is Alice Cooper. His presence will help to create an electric atmosphere buzzing at the Challenge Match,” said Mohammad Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of Golf in Dubai. “Alice Cooper is an inspiration to all those who want to kick their bad habits and live a healthy lifestyle. We are delighted to have him in the field and look forward to seeing him entertain the fans.
“The Challenge Match is a fun-filled affair that provides fans with an opportunity to see the game’s biggest stars, along with Alice Cooper, up close and personal. The idea is to provide first-class entertainment. Cameras are allowed and there are no restrictions on autograph hunters,” he added.
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