We passed along the reports earlier that Tiger Woods made the drive up to Palm City to play with President Barack Obama, but there were few details about the unscheduled game at The Floridian Golf and Yacht Club. Golf writer Tim Rosaforte was on the scene, and called in to Golf Channel to provide some more details on the pair's first round together.
Joining Woods and the President is club owner (and Houston Astros owner) Jim Crane, as well as Obama's friend and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Rosaforte did not have exact details on what game the foursome was playing, or if they had been split into two teams for match play. He did say on Golf Channel that the group made the turn in a brisk two hours, and were apparently having such a time that talk of 27 holes was on the table. As for the golf details, Rosaforte passed along that Woods chipped in on the opening hole and then drove the green on a subsequent 378-yard par-4 (the group is playing the third tee at the course, measured by Rosaforte at around 6300 yards).
Obama played yesterday with Butch Harmon, Tiger's former swing coach who was giving the President lessons this week along with Claude Harmon. Butch was on hand again today, and passed along some of the interaction between Obama and Woods (via 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."
Not a bad Sunday at the course.