Doha:America's legendary athlete Michael Johnson will wear spikes of a different kind when he competes in the Rolex Pro-Am golf at the 2008 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in Doha on Wednesday.
The 41-year-old, who won five Olympic gold medals and was crowned World Champion nine times, is just one of a host of stars from sports and entertainment who have accepted invitations to play in the Pro-Am.
Johnson holds world records in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay and is the only male athlete to record a double, winning both the 200m and 400m at the same Olympics - in Atlanta in 1996.
Among the players lining up alongside Johnson will be golfers Scott Verplank of the US, defending champion Retief Goosen, world No 7 Adam Scott and Ryder Cup stars Sergio Garcia, Luke Donald, Paul Casey and Colin Montgomerie.
To be staged at Doha Golf Club January 24-27, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters will see the PGA European Tour make its second Middle East stop of the month after visiting Abu Dhabi.