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Tiger Woods says he regretted not being able to spend more time visiting American troops on an aircraft carrier in the Arabian Gulf this week.

The world number one and his friend Mark O'Meara flew from Bahrain by military jet to the George Washington on Wednesday where they spent an hour and a half giving a golf clinic.

"They're out there protecting us and doing great things for our country, putting their lives on the line," American Woods told reporters after carding a two-under-par 70 in the Dubai Desert Classic first round on Friday.

"It was the least that we could do, Mark and I, to go out there and put a little smile on their faces and spend a good time with them.

"I wish we could have spent more time with them, but they have some logistical regulations and civilians have to be off the boat at a certain time. Regulations are regulations."

On Thursday, Woods described his meeting with the American troops as "one of the most awe-inspiring afternoons of my life".

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