In a first, Obama plays golf with Tiger Woods

PALM CITY, Fla - President Barack Obama played golf with Tiger Woods for the first time on Sunday and got a chance to see how the game is played at the highest level.



By Steve Holland (Reuters)

Published: Mon 18 Feb 2013, 1:54 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:32 PM

Obama, an avid weekend golfer, and Woods, the world No. 2 who won his 75th title last month, teed up at the Floridian Yacht and Golf Club.

Obama is on a three-day golf getaway in Florida, while his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, are skiing in Colorado. He got some instructional tips on Saturday from Woods’ former swing coach, Butch Harmon.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama and Woods were joined on the course by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Jim Crane, the resort owner who also owns the Houston Astros baseball team.

Tim Rosaforte, a Golf Channel analyst and Golf Digest writer, broke the news, tweeting that Woods holed out from a greenside sand bunker on the first hole.

“Historic day in golf. Their first round,” Rosaforte said.

There was no word on how Obama played.

The White House did not permit the media pool onto the grounds of the resort in order to record any part of the Woods-Obama round.

Woods, who usually steers clear of politics, is the top-ranked American golfer and lives about an hour south of the Floridian club in Jupiter, Florida.


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