World leader, world beater tee it up
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods


The First Golfer invited a big-time ringer to join his Sunday game and round out his foursome in Florida. President Obama’s trip was originally planned for him to receive a lesson with Butch Harmon, along with his son Claude Harmon III.

Golf Digest‘s Tim Rosaforte broke the news on Twitter, writing, “The President is arriving at The Floridian range. Awaiting is Tiger Woods and club owner Jim Crane. Historic day in golf. Their first round.” 

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No Obama-Tiger Tracker?!? C’mon, Rosey!

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Obama and Tiger were supposed to play at Woods’ home course (one of them, at least), The Medalist, but they eventually settled for the Floridian–“a secluded yacht and golf club on the state’s Treasure Coast,” as described by one report–where the President has been based all weekend, according to Golf Digest.

 “Just to see the interaction between the two on the range was pretty neat,” said Harmon, who was on the tee. “The President said to Tiger, ‘The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It’s good to see you play well again.’ You could tell he meant it. It just wasn’t a throw it out compliment.”

The round, which also included U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Floridian owner Jim Crane, began with Woods holing out for birdie on the first hole, and continued at a rapid clip. With all four players playing from the third tees at 6,208 yards, they made the turn in a little more than two hours. After the first 18 holes, Woods left the golf course, but Obama stayed on to play another nine. Neither Woods nor the President commented after the round.

The Floridian does have a website, but news of Tiger and Obama’s play date ended up crashing it due to “bandwidth limit exceeded.” 

According to the Washington Post, White House press corps expressed their frustration for the lack of access all weekend while the President has been at the Floridian. Yep. Welcome to Golf!