Tiger Woods Held Up By Immigration Ban Protests In Los Angeles

Ford Springer | Contributor

Professional golfer Tiger Woods almost missed his international flight due to the thousands of demonstrators protesting Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban on Sunday.

Tiger Woods plays his shot on the 13th hole during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines North on January 27, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Woods was departing Los Angeles International Airport to travel to the United Arab Emirates for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic this week. The golfer arrived at the airport on a private flight from San Diego earlier Sunday evening and nearly missed his flight to Dubai due to the chaos of the protests, ESPN reports.

“We were on the other side of the terminal. You could see it,” Woods told ESPN at Emirates Golf Club on Tuesday. “But we just couldn’t get there.”

Woods’ flight to Dubai was the first commercial flight the golfer has taken in an estimated 10 years. His first exposure to commercial air travel in about a decade happened to come on the weekend when thousands began protesting the executive order on immigration initiated by President Trump on Friday.

Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods wait to putt on the 12th green during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines North on January 27, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Woods is set to play his opening two rounds of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with Masters champion Danny Willett and Mathew Fitzpatrick. It will be his eighth time playing in the tournament that he has won twice in his career.

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