February 19th, 2013
05:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Tiger Woods on golf with Obama: 'We won'

(CNN) - It's an invitation one doesn't turn down, as Tiger Woods said: the offer to hit the links with the president.

The golf star said Tuesday that when he and President Barack Obama played on Sunday, they were on the same team.

"He was my partner," Woods told reporters, adding, "we won."

Obama spent the weekend at The Floridian, a coastal resort owned by Democratic donor Jim Crane who also played with the president. Rounding out the foursome on Sunday was U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

"He calls up and says, hey Tiger, you wanna play?" Woods recounted, laughing. "No, it's a obviously - there is a process that's involved and I was invited to play. And it was an invitation that certainly you don't turn down and especially being - he's an avid golfer, and so am I so we went out there."

When Obama returned to the White House from his weekend on Monday, he smiled and declined to answer reporters' question about the game. The White House blocked reporters from viewing the president's golf party for the most part, but CNN was able to view Obama playing a portion of two holes on Monday.

On Saturday, Obama may have picked up a few tips for his own game. He played with Wood's former coach, Butch Harmon.

Obama and Woods previously met in 2009 at the White House when the golf star was in town for a charity event.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Ashley Killough contributed to this report


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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. JakeF

    Heck, if I had the chance, I'd play a round with Tiger. Sorry Mr. Prez, But I would raise a pint with Obama.

    February 19, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Padraig

    So vacation in December for the Christmas holidays which is understandable. Comes back in time for the inaguration and then off for another vacation. That is not understandable. What has he done to warrant another vacation. Nothing.

    Yes, I heard Bush went on vacation and so on. As our country is flailing and failing our President and our Congress are not at their offices in Washington D.C. working to resolve on national and economic issues. The cup of integrity of running over.

    The President and Congress should be limited to and not to exceed 30 days of vacation per year. You don't use it, you loose it.

    February 19, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Babyboomer

    Honestly, is the President of the United States ever really on vacation. I mean the kind most of us take. No checking email, no attending conference calls, no bagging groceries, no working on the assembly line, etc. People, please stop acting like President Obama (or any former President for that matter) ever really goes on vacation. I am no fan of GWB but even when he was in Crawford, I'm sure he still had to take calls and address situations. (Unless of course, one believes he left Chaney in charge.) No this, President Obama has never left VP Biden in charge. He is engaged at all times... Stop it people. Your horns are showing...

    February 19, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    OMG!!!! It's time to take out country clubs back!!!!!

    February 19, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "So vacation in December for the Christmas holidays which is understandable. Comes back in time for the inaguration and then off for another vacation. "

    Do you really think the country is best served by the POTUS running himself ragged and not taking a couple hours per week to relax? Psychologists and the WH physicians will tell you quite empathically "NO." Grow the frig up. A round of golf take a few hours...and afternoon...on a weekend...isn't going to cause him to miss some magic temporal window of opportunity during which we had our only chance to fix the universe.

    And besides, second question, do you really think your arguments are best served by engaging in hyporbole that characterizes a weekend round of golf as a "vacation"? If you do, then please, by all means, proceed...

    February 19, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "The President and Congress should be limited to and not to exceed 30 days of vacation per year. You don't use it, you loose it."

    That's a hoot. Obama took a grand total of between 84-90 days of vacation throughout his entire first term, an average of approximately 21-23 days per year. He falls well belwo your own stated threshhold for complaining. Guess who gets to shut up now.

    February 19, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Name

    Oh cool. The supposed highest moral figure in the US hanging out with and adulteress. Oh wait, the Supreme Court said that was ok when Clinton was in.

    February 19, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. Pkm duster

    Mr obama remember you have a very pretty wife great golfer do not trust him

    February 19, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. JOHN CAGE

    President Barack Obama hit the greens Sunday with famed golfer Tiger Woods, on vacation in Florida. Anything Obama do the Repulican complaining about President taking too much vacation he should be going to work. Lets see I Google it up....President Obama took 27 days...Ronald Regan took 44 days vacation...George Bush took 77 days of vacation. It prove President Obama is a hardest working President in USA History I rest my case

    February 19, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. VEW2012

    The President is never truly on vacation. He is on call 24/7-365...daily briefing every day and that important red/black brief case to go....and it doesn't matter which president. It goes with the job! The president's job can be conducted from the Oval Office or from any hole of any golf course in the world. All those we see whining here are unintelligent losers.

    February 19, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    President Barack Obama hit the greens Sunday with famed golfer Tiger Woods, on vacation in Florida. Anything Obama do the Repulican complaining about President taking too much vacation he should be going to work. Lets see I Google it up....President Obama took 27 days...Ronald Regan took 44 days vacation...George Bush took 77 days of vacation. It prove President Obama is a hardest working President in USA History I rest my case

    February 19, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Jmacq1

    He went golfing on a weekend. More pointedly, a weekend when Congress was also in recess. Not a whole lot the President can do sitting and stewing in the White House with Congress out of session that he can't do in-between rounds of golf on the road.

    Getting bent out of shape and ranting about the nation's problems and solving them under those circumstances seems to be refusing to take the context of the situation into account.

    Or perhaps more simply: What do you expect/want the President to do about the nation's problems while Congress isn't in Washington D.C. to pass legislation? The President can't force Congress to stay, so once they're gone...that's it.

    February 19, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Fubarack

    Tiger is a winner, Obama is a whiner.

    February 19, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. grammarmarm

    Oh Paddy you had me til the last line. "You don't use it, you loose it."

    Do you mean loosen it? Why is it that so many RWNJs on the internet can't spell the word "lose" – you know, the opposite of "win." "Loose" is the opposite of "tight."

    February 19, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. lottie

    Baby boomer is so right. The president takes his work with him. He doesn't get weekends off either. people like to complain and make remarks but they are mostly politically motivated. His job is 24-7 How many late or middle of the night emergencys does he deal with. WE will never know. This is not an easy job for anyone, of either of political party.

    February 19, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. playrighter

    Barack and Tiger teamed up and won? Wow - unprecedented. Next up: Barack and LeBron will take on all D.C. comers in a little two-on-two hoops, or Barack and one of the Williams sisters will team up for some mixed doubles. Is this the President's definition of "fair share"?

    February 19, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    So a weekend off is now considered a "vacation" to the right-wing knuckle-draggers? Want us to tally up all the "weekends" that Bush or Reagan took off? Can't really blame you though, you're all too insanely ignorant to understand what "hypocrisy" means.

    February 19, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. 1608

    A vacation for the P.O.T.U.S., unlike the rest of us is a working one.

    February 19, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    Thanks CNN for your transparent efforts at being Fox News Lite.

    February 19, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. tom brown

    come on, would you really ever go on vacation if you left uncle joe biden at the helm?

    February 19, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. kayla

    what about congress? do they ever work? talk about free loading on tax payers back. no shame.

    February 19, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Sara Lancaster

    Babyboomer....says it all.

    February 19, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. rexdogcanadien

    Get real. The president is not your slave.

    February 19, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Rich in NJ

    Plus, this was a *weekend* getaway. Most of us take off for a WEEKEND and it's not called "vacation." The average American works 5 days a week, gets 10-12 holidays, and 2 weeks (or more) of vacation. In other words, the average American works for about 240 days per year. A President is on call 365 days a year. So basically a President – Democrat or Republican doesn't matter – is entitled to about 125 days of "vacation" just to get down to 240 work days per year, and NO President takes that much time off. (And when a President is away, he still works. He still has his national security briefing, conference calls, etc.)

    February 19, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. Par4

    Yea Right!!! The country is in a tailspin and the clown has been on vacation more in the last year then Bush in his 2 terms. How much does it cost to fly AF 1 to play golf? 200k per hour. Who has been more extravagant then him? We all need to sacrifice....except me. SUCKERS!!!

    February 19, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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