The world’s No. 2 golfer, Tiger Woods, played a round of golf with President Barak Obama Sunday afternoon.
It was the first time the two played together. But no media were allowed on the course to take photos.
Woods and Obama played with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane at the Floridian Yacht and Golf Club in Palm City, Fla. Crane owns the golf club.
Woods’ former swing coach, Butch Harmon, watched Woods and the president on Sunday.
“Just to see the interaction between the two on the range was pretty neat,” said Harmon. “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.”
Woods left the course after 18 holes. Obama played another nine. Neither Woods nor the President commented after the round.
On Saturday, Harmon gave the president an eight-hour instructional session. Obama played 27 holes and hit balls in the golf studio.
“I like the fact he loves golf,” Harmon said. “Obviously he doesn’t get to play very much. He said it was a real treat for him to come here with his best friends and have a chance to play. But he counts every shot. He doesn’t like gimmes. He putts everything out. He counts all his penalty shots. He thinks about all his shots before he hits them. Some people might say to the President of the United States, ‘Oh, just move it.’ But that’s not him. He loves the game and loves the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”
Woods first met the president in 2009. That was before news of Woods’ affairs broke.
“I’m a strong believer that anybody can look within themselves, find their flaws and fix them,” Obama told People magazine in a 2010 interview.