PALM CITY, Fla. — President Barack Obama played golf Sunday with Tiger Woods, once the sport’s dominant player before his career was sidetracked by scandal.
The White House said Woods joined Obama at the Floridian, a secluded and exclusive yacht and golf club on Florida’s Treasure Coast, where Obama is spending the long Presidents Day weekend.
The White House has prohibited media coverage of Obama’s weekend golf outing.
The foursome included Jim Crane, a Houston businessman who owns the Floridian and baseball’s Houston Astros, and outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, who is a former mayor of Dallas, said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. Crane and Kirk also were part of Obama’s foursome on Saturday, the White House said.
Obama also received some instruction Saturday and played a few holes with Butch Harmon, Woods’ former swing coach.
The president is in Florida while first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are on an annual ski vacation out West. He arrived late Friday and was expected to return to Washington on Monday night.
Woods was the dominant player in golf until his personal life imploded in 2009 with revelations of multiple extramarital affairs, leading to divorce. He went two years without winning, but his game is back on track and he currently is ranked No. 2 in the world. Woods won the last tournament he played, three weeks ago in San Diego.