President Obama on Tiger Woods: ‘He’s On Another Planet’

Feb 20, 2013 9:00pm
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It was an epic pairing:  the Leader of the Free World chipping and putting alongside the top-ranked golfer in the U.S.A.

But President Obama said his 18 holes with Tiger Woods over the weekend felt like no big deal.

“I don’t think either of us was nervous,” Obama told San Francisco ABC affiliate KGO’s Dan Ashley in his first public comments on the round.

Obama and Woods played together Sunday on a secluded course at the Florida resort in Palm City, where the president spent three days vacationing and taking private golf lessons from Woods’ former coach Butch Harmon.

“How does your golf game hold up next to Tiger’s?” Ashley asked Obama.

“That’s not a hard question,” Obama joked. “He plays a different game than I do. He’s on another planet.”

At a press conference Tuesday in Arizona, Woods praised his partner, saying the two of them won in match-play against U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.

“He hit the ball well, and he’s got an amazing touch. He can certainly chip and putt,” Woods said of Obama. “If he … spends more time playing the game of golf, I’m sure he can get to where he’s got pretty good stick.”

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