— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) October 10, 2013
President Bill Clinton tweeted the above photo of him and Rory McIlroy after pegging it together.
Fred Couples didn’t even get to play a practice round at the Memorial Tournament. Instead, he got a call from PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem that they were going to the White House to meet President Barack Obama, who will again serve as the honorary chairman for the 2013 Presidents Cup matches.
For nine-and-a-half holes, President Bill Clinton shook hands, posed for pictures, signed autographs, kissed babies, etc. He also played some golf with Greg Norman, Scott McCarron and Humana CEO Mike McCallister at PGA West’s Palmer Private course.
While walking from eight green to nine tee, Clinton stopped to oblige some fans who wanted autographs. He looked around and called to one of his secret service agents and said, “Help me…” Not that he didn’t want to sign (he did for a few minutes), but because he’d be there until the sunset if someone didn’t intervene at some point. The fans all thanked him for supporting and reviving the tournament — which he sure has achieved. (I was here last year and the energy and buzz are like 20 times greater this time around, which is awesome.)
I was confused for a moment when I glanced up at Golf Channel’s re-airing of the 2004 Masters — the one where Phil Mickelson finally won that ever-elusive major. For a moment, I thought it was Golf Central showing highlights from today’s round…because aside from a few minor details (back then he had a “Ford” logo on his left breast instead of “Barclays,” and he’s wearing light slacks instead of black).
As you may have noticed — especially those whose jobs rely on Wikipedia (like mine) — there was an Internet blackout to protest SOPA. Now I’m horrified WUP even published anything on Wednesday, but so be it.
I spent the afternoon (weather couldn’t be more perfect, by the way, and I may have even gotten a little burnt)
loitering scouring the range for intel, but I learned what you all care about pretty quickly: The Ruth’s Chris tent (which replaced In ‘N Out) is pretty darn good. I had my sliders (with “special sauce”) and chips — I know, isn’t there supposed to be an emphasis on “Health Matters”? Errrr….
World No. 8 Dustin Johnson has joined the field for next week’s Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, according to The Desert Sun‘s Larry Bohannan.
First, Greg Norman, and then Phil Mickelson, not to mention Matt Kuchar and Davis Love III. Now, Anthony Kim, the most recent big name to enter
the Bob Hope Classic Humana Challenge. Kim went to nearby La Quinta High and has a home in the area, but he hasn’t included the tournament on his schedule since 2008 when he finished T3 (however, during last year’s event many reported AK sightings, myself included — mostly spotted him at a local watering hole).
There has never been a question that President Bill Clinton’s involvement would have tremendous impact on the PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge (formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic). It was announced Friday that International Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson will play in the event held January 16-22 in La Quinta, California. (Which makes me even more excited I’m covering the tournament, but I’m really going for Clinton. Obviously!) Both stars attribute their interest to their respect for Clinton and his philanthropic efforts.