Tiger Woods said Tuesday the chance to play golf with President Barack Obama at the Floridian on Sunday was an opportunity he wasn’t going to pass up. (FILE PHOTO OF OBAMA AND TIGER AT SEPARATE EVENTS)
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Tiger Woods said Tuesday the chance to play golf with President Barack Obama at the Floridian on Sunday was an opportunity he wasn’t going to pass up.
“He called and said, ‘Hey Tiger, want to play a round of golf?’” Woods said during an interview from Marana, Ariz., site of the Match Play Championship that starts on Wednesday. “No, it was much more involved than that.
“It was an invitation you don’t turn down. Playing with Mr. President was pretty cool. He’s just a wonderful person to be around.”
Woods said once the President gets a little free time, he could develop into a good golfer.
“(The President) hit the ball well,” said Woods, a Martin County resident who is a member of the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound where the match was originally scheduled to be played. “He’s got an amazing touch. He can certainly chip and putt.
“If he ever spent — after these four years — spent more time playing the game of golf, I’m sure he could get to where he’s a pretty good stick.”
Woods, 37, seemed to get a competitive kick out of the round, as he was paired with the 51-year-old President against Floridian club owner Jim Crane and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk on what was a blustery, cool day here on the Treasure Coast.
“We won,” said Woods, when asked about the outcome of the match.
And the best shot the President hit? “He hit a few.
“He’s a pretty good athlete, and we all know he played a lot of hoops,” Woods said. “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 (21 mph winds Tuesday in Arizona) and it was a little bit cooler than this (68 degrees). So, we played under some tough conditions.”
He also liked the President’s pace of play.
Woods is the No. 2 seed in the 64-man Match Play Championship field and will face Charles Howell III in the opening round (The Golf Channel noon to 6 p.m.).
The weather forecast for Wednesday for The Golf Club at Dove Mountain will be a lot worse than what Woods and the President played in Sunday. Temperatures will be in the low 40s with strong winds, and there’s a 70 percent chance of rain — that could change to snow,
“We won’t be able to work on our suntans.” Woods said.
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