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


Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Washington Is Out Of Touch with reality

    this is news, NO, tell obama to quit lieing and get his butt back to work, he is not a dictator nor will he ever be a leader, he is just like other trash on welfare taking advantage of the tax payers.

    February 20, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  2. Jerry

    WOW! Big time news!!! CNN, I am impressed.

    February 20, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  3. Richard Long

    obama wants to be 'the man fighting for the middle class', then he turns around and goes to an all exclusive gold resort to live life like a celebrity. Last I checked, the US debt is still at $16.5 Trillion, unemployment stagnant at 7.8%, and people were thriving instead of being stuck in survival mode.

    February 20, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  4. Sean Mathews

    The country is burning and he's out playing golf with Tiger while congress takes a nine day break? The only thing that has improved in four years is his golf game.

    February 20, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  5. Sean Mathews

    The only thing that has improved in four years is his golf game. The country in in flames and he's living it up. I've been lucky to squeeze the one round of golf I played in the past year into my schedule. You do the math, he's spent 10 full working weeks on the links. 100 rounds times four hours a round = 400 hrs / 8 hr wrk days / 5 days in a wrk week. Thats 50 work days of golf.That alone is more free time than any average worker has. And no one is mad?

    February 20, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  6. Julie

    People are losing jobs and suffering with the downturn economy. This is what U.S President does for his country? This is not the time for you to take vacation, Mr. President. Who cares who won? People are struggling to make ends meet while President is out there to have golf party.

    February 20, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  7. guest

    all we know is that the PEOPLE lost

    February 20, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. RandyF

    Clearly Obama couldn't play golf with slimy Tiger until after the election.

    February 20, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. R. Greer

    The Country is in ruins and the President is playing golf with Tiger. Beyonce, JZ, Tiger, etc., etc., etc. I wonder if Mr. NoBama thought becoming President was more then just rubbing elbows with the rich and famous. Seems only thing he does well is photo ops and parties. I don't care if it was a weekend and a holiday weekend at that. He has a job to do and until that job is done he needs to work or resign...he can take his Senate and Congress with him too! This is going o be a long four more years. Hope the Country can maintain until someone with experience and desire for the GOOD of this Country is able to get that office back on track.

    February 20, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. WiredweirdinSF

    I, myself, had to work on Sunday because since the last minimum wage hike, Obozocare and increased taxes, we had to lay off people and I cannot affort to take vacations. But then I am not a corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toady liar like our current president.

    February 20, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  11. CFByram

    So our president picks an admitted "sex addict" and wife cheater to play golf with – what does that say about the integrity of our president!!!! With all the wonderful golfers out there, I wonder why he chose to play with Tiger??????

    February 20, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  12. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    The country been in ruins ever since republicans have been in government. And what do you right wing trolls do? You keep voting for them over and over and over. Keep complaining.

    February 20, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Breaking News: Envy and jealousy, bigotry and racism are here to stay.

    February 20, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  14. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    All the right wing troll ranting and whining is understandable. Since your boy Runmesia lost the election, you trolls have to find a way to vent other than shooting moose. Go ahead and whine.

    February 20, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. michael

    this must be the fox news blog. listen to all the bitter repubs spout off

    February 20, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. Peter Goesinya

    You voted for him? What a joke.

    February 20, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Ancient Texan

    Blah Blah–Yes! Somebody has to exercise some intelligence and try to stop the tax and spend administration from bankrupting the nation. If things don't improve soon, they will take control of the Senate also in 2014.

    February 20, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    I feel your pain, GOPers. Really, I do. It's got to be hard to get what you want done for the Nation when your own Republican congress members are given more freebies (i.e. paid days off) on a monthly basis then you yourselves get on a yearly basis - courtesy of Eric Cantor (R).

    And here is Mr. Obama (D) daring to play a game golf while Congress enjoys its monthly week off.

    Got to give it to you GOPers. You're on top of your game too. Trolling is a truly remarkable sport ... yes?

    February 20, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  19. wowlfie

    Tiger is a loser by adultery, Obama by not having a clue.

    February 20, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. UDidntBuildThat

    So Obama is for the poor and the working class and trots them out when there is one of his manufactured crisis. But hangs with the wealthy (donors)and reported throws legislation their way. Take for instance the Keystone pipeline. That would create over 20,000 jobs. But no one is reporting that right now. U see, Buffet's company is the one responsible for transporting the oil by rail fr ND to the rest of the country. If the pipeline was actual built that would put Warren Buffet's company, out of business. Who is Warren Buffet? A major donor to Obama. So trump up some crap about the environment and viola! Obama's rich friends are protected and while unemployment remains high, Obama is not where interested in employing the little folks. Just keep giving them handouts. But hey America you voted for change right? Obama will look out for u right? as he golf with the rich and famous.

    February 20, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -WiredweirdinSF

    I, myself, had to work on Sunday because since the last minimum wage hike, Obozocare and increased taxes, we had to lay off people and I cannot affort to take vacations. But then I am not a corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toady liar like our current president.
    ***********************
    Yet you find time to post here, every day, so who is the real corrupt, inept, neo-fascist liar, Berzilius Windrip? If you have a business, the decision to work on Sunday was YOUR choice.

    February 20, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Sniffit

    Wow. The nasty, pathetic, misinformed talking point word salad regurgitation is thick in this thread. Anyone want to hazard a guess whether it's just the same dude with different names or a basement full of astroturfers?

    February 20, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    -CFByram

    So our president picks an admitted "sex addict" and wife cheater to play golf with – what does that say about the integrity of our president!!!! With all the wonderful golfers out there, I wonder why he chose to play with Tiger??????
    ************
    Because admitted "sex addict" and wife cheater Ted Nugent was too busy breaking game laws in Texas to come.

    February 20, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "So our president picks an admitted "sex addict" and wife cheater to play golf with – what does that say about the integrity of our president!!!! "

    It says he wanted to play golf with the best golfer who ever lived and doesn't consider it to be his place to judge the man personally for his private life failures...he'll leave that to god, unlike all you armchair gods.

    February 20, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. thunder

    ummm... it was President Day weekend, a federal holiday. The President invited Tiger for a game of golf, not to give marriage advice. The piece is a political "ticker" (i.e., not worthy of a news story). Lighten up people.

    February 20, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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