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Tiger and Obama play golf together for first time

Feb 20th, 2013
Staff Writer

President Obama on the White House putting green || Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsTiger Woods and President Obama staged a successful golf campaign last week at The Floridian in Palm City, Florida. The Sunday round of 18 paired the leader of the free world with the golf superstar against Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, according to

"He's a pretty good athlete, and we all know he played a lot of hoops," Woods said, as stated on the PGA website. "He's a lefty, but to see him out there hitting shots ... he hit it well, and we didn't play under the easiest conditions. It was blowing harder than this, and it was a little bit cooler than this. So we played under some tough conditions, and as I said, he hit the ball well. He's got amazing touch. He can certainly chip and putt."

The round on Sunday marked the second time Tiger has played golf with a sitting U.S. president; he once teamed with Bill Clinton at the Alotian Club in Arkansas. The rough weather during his round with President Obama — harsh wind and cold — will likely prepare Tiger for the impending WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain in Arizona.

"Playing with Mr. President was pretty cool," Woods said. "He's just a wonderful person to be around."