Tiger Woods was not the only guy on the course Sunday who knows his way around a golf club. Woods’ famous playing partner, Barack Obama, impressed at least one member of the foursome, Jim Crane, who owns the Floridian National Golf Club and a nearly professional-level handicap as well.
Tiger Woods and President Obama, as anyone not adrift on a disabled cruise ship for the past several days knows, played a round of golf over the weekend. What observers of all things Tiger may not realize is that Mr. President knows which end of the stick to hit.
Crane, who also owns the Houston Astros, told Fox 26 Houston he was impressed with Obama’s golf skills.
“He loves the game and he's a good athlete,” said Crane, a scratch golfer who helped PGA Tour member Kevin Streelman finish third in the recent Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “He hit a lot of great shots today.”
What POTUS needs to take his game to the next level is more practice, according to Crane, who sports a a handicap index of 0.8 and ranks as Golf Digest’s top golfing chief executive in the country.
"He played pretty good," Crane observed. "He made a bunch of pars. I don't think he made a birdie. He putts the ball well. He strikes it well. I think if he had a little time, which we probably don’t want him doing right now, he'd probably get pretty proficient at it."
As for the outcome of Sunday’s contest, which pitted Woods and Obama vs. Crane and U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk, the host of the outing was more upfront about the result than the First Hacker was on Monday. Upon his return to the White House, Obama offered only a coy smile in response to reporters’ questions about whether he beat Woods on Sunday.
Crane, however, apparently missed the memo stating that the results were top secret.
“They did put it on us pretty good,” he said.