Alice Cooper will be hoping to hit the right notes when the shock-rock icon joins some of the marquee players to compete in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Challenge Match to be held at Jebel Ali Golf Resort on Tuesday, January 29.
A self-confessed golf addict, Alice 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 3.00 pm.
The Rock Hall of Fame inductee and School’s Out hitmaker, Cooper has often credited golf with helping him to kick his crippling drinking addition in the 1980s. Today, Alice Cooper, the stage name for singer Vincent Furnier and his band, is a famed fan of the fairways, playing regularly in celebrity golf tournaments.
“I love the game of golf. It’s never a bad day for me on the golf course,” says Cooper, who has risen from hacker to scratch golfer to serious Pro Am competitor.
“I’ve hit bad shots, but I’ve never thrown a club. I play a different course every single day,” said Cooper who will also feature in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Pro Am on Wednesday, January 30.
In a tell-all memoir - Alice Cooper, Golf Monster - the world’s most beloved heavy metal entertainer talks candidly about his entire life and career, 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, which this year is returning to its original home at Jebel Ali Golf Resort,” said Mohamed 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.