For the first time ever, President Barack Obama is playing golf with the game's most famous player, Tiger Woods. The two are playing at the exclusive Floridian Golf and Yacht Club in Palm City, Fla. Obama spent the weekend in South Florida, and reportedly got golf lessons at the club on Saturday from Tiger's old coach, Butch Harmon.
The lessons from Harmon were scheduled and reported in advance, but the round with Tiger appears to be an unexpected Sunday game. Tim Rosaforte of Golf World frequents the many upscale courses in the Palm Beach area, and he was on the scene Sunday when Woods and Obama arrived on the grounds:
The President is arriving at The Floridian range. Awaiting is Tiger Woods and club owner Jim Crane. Historic day in golf. Their first round.— Tim Rosaforte (@TimRosaforte) February 17, 2013
And apparently, it was a good start for Woods:
Not going to turn this into Tiger Tracker, but from pro shop at Floridian we received word TW holed out greenside bunker No. 1 for birdie.— Tim Rosaforte (@TimRosaforte) February 17, 2013
Obama's affinity for the game is well-established at this point, with some of his other rounds during his time in office getting plenty of publicity. There was the bipartisan group with Joe Biden, John Boehner, and John Kasich. And then there was the visit to the golf course just hours before the final meeting on the raiding of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.
The President and Woods are likely two of the most competitive people in the world, but no word yet on what game they're playing or how the teams were split up. Robert Lusetich of FOX Sports did the quick handicap math:
Tiger's about plus-8, Prez Obama a 16, so 24 shots. Freddie Couples once gave same to Michael Jordan. "But we're counting 'em all." 65 v 93— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) February 17, 2013
Playing with the most powerful person in the world is a nice little warm up for Tiger, who will head to Arizona this week for some more match play.