MARK O'MEARA: I was. I didn't hit any balls for practice until Thursday or Friday of last week. I knew it was a long trip sitting on the airplane. I love Dubai. The hospitality the people have showed me over the last four or five years has been tremendous. I enjoy the tournament. It's a premiere event in my opinion. Certainly having Tiger here this year and Ernie and all of the top players, it's a world class event. So why not try to make the effort to come.
I was starting to feel a little bit better, been doing some stretching and things like that at night and in the morning. Some of the guys and the therapists here have helped me. Hopefully I can go back and rest a little bit and do some more stretching and I'll be all right tomorrow.
On Wednesday probably should have Tiger and I flew out here and on his plane and we had a military, some kind of I don't know the name of the aircraft, but a twin turboprop, pretty wild deal. Few off the U.S.S. George Washington. Landed on the aircraft carrier and it was kind of a controlled crash, basically, when you land on one of those things. We couldn't see out of the windows and we landed, Tiger we were sitting backwards in the aircraft. So you hit it and pretty good force stops it, fortunately we stopped. Then we went upstairs and we met the admiral and the captain of the ship and we sat up at the top and they launched about six aircraft for us, a couple F 18s.
It was amazing. I've been on aircraft carrier two years ago when the U.S.S. Harry Truman was in port; I visited the troops. We kept it very quiet. We just wanted to go tell the troops thanks for what they are doing and trying to protect all of us, really. The aircraft air carrier is about 100 feet long and about as tall as the Empire State building. It's got 5,000 crewmen on board, probably 15 or 20 percent or ten percent are women, average age, 19, 20. When you watch those F 18s, that was pretty cool. There's a lot going on on the deck and we were sitting up at the top on the bridge up there and they are pumping up the engines. You can see the guy, they have the big steel girder blocking the fumes and the tower is immense, goes zero to 180 miles an hour on a catapult in two seconds. When it swings off the aircraft carrier, you can feel it through the whole carrier. The whole carrier just gives you a little not just a little bit, just a faint and it sling shots off. They took off and a couple other different aircraft took off. A couple plains were returning from Iraq that are flying missions just protecting the troops and stuff over there.
When they come in this is easy what we are doing. These guys come in trying to hit that little red spot. They have four different cables and they usually hit second, most of all the third cable, but one guy hit the fourth cable the last one. It's quite an amazing thing to see. I was honored to be there.
We hit a couple shots, Tiger and I, for the troops. Probably a couple of thousand troops were in the cargo bay, we were hitting driver out off the deck into the ocean and they got a big charge out of that. It was a special thing to do.
GORDON SIMPSON: Just as well your pilot distance control was okay.
MARK O'MEARA: I don't know how they do it. When we took off, granted we were not in an F 18, but that turboprop they put us on, the catapult system, and you don't know because there's no windows and you're sitting backwards and they told us, you know, we're going in 30 seconds. So you're kind of strapped in pretty good, you have a helmet and life jacket, you have your feet 2 1/2 Gs, it's a pretty good force. As soon as we swung off the aircraft carrier, Tiger looked over like, "Yeah, let's do that again." (Laughter.)
We had a great time. It's great to be here and hopefully I can play well on the weekend. Just nice to be near the lead.
GORDON SIMPSON: Thanks very much and good luck over the weekend.
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