Woods: Obama’s Game Needs Work — A Project for the Next Four Years

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Tiger Woods walks to the practice range before playing a practice round for the Match Play Championship golf tournament, on Feb. 19, 2013, in Marana, Ariz.

Tiger Woods had some kind words for at least part of President Barack Obama’s golf game.

Woods, who partnered with the president at the Floridian National club in Palm City over the weekend,  reports that their team won (and split a $30 pot) and that “playing with the president was pretty cool.”

“He’s a pretty good athlete,” Woods reported during comments to the press at his own professional match in Arizona yesterday,  this account coming from Golf Digest.com “”We all know he played a lot of hoops. ”

“He’s got amazing touch,” Woods said of Obama. “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.”Which is to say, the president needs some work at the tee.This, from a pro who had played with a couple of presidents — Woods has played with Bill Clinton, famous for his mulligans, and perhaps some other off-course pursuits in common with the champ.At the same time, the president may have generated an unwelcome sort of publicity by chipping away at a Treasure Coast golf course on the last long weekend before the threatened budget sequestration in Washington scheduled March.
Bloomberg’s Al Hunt detects a certain tone deafness in all this green play. Obama could have averted all that by inviting another Floridian to the club:  Former Gov. Jeb Bush.


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