Tiger Woods praises President Barack Obama's golfing skills

Updated: 20 February 2013 17:36 IST

The 14-time major champion spoke about his President's Day weekend round with Obama on Tuesday in Arizona, where Woods is preparing for the Accenture Match Play Championship.

Tiger Woods praises President Barack Obama's golfing skills

Washington:

After his weekend golf session with Barack Obama, Tiger Woods has praised the game of the US President, whom he called "partner" during the friendly match that they won.

"After these four years if he spends more time playing the game of golf, I'm sure he can actually get to where he's a pretty good stick," Woods said.

"Partner" was what Woods called Obama during the match, the New York Daily News reported.

The 14-time major champion spoke about his President's Day weekend round with Obama on Tuesday in Arizona, where Woods is preparing for the Accenture Match Play Championship.

Not surprisingly, Woods was complimentary when breaking down Obama's game.

"We played under some tough conditions," the 37-year-old said about the round at the Floridian Yacht & Golf Club.

"He hit the ball well. He's got amazing touch. He can certainly chip and putt. After these four years if he spends more time playing the game of golf, I'm sure he can actually get to where he's a pretty good stick," Woods said

"He's an avid golfer and ... so am I," Woods quipped. Woods described the offer to play with Obama, who boasts a 16 handicap, as "an invitation you don't turn down."

He also called Obama "a pretty good athlete."

Woods and Obama played against US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Jim Crane, the deep-pocketed owner of the Houston Astros and a huge donor to Obama's campaign.

Crane also happens to own the course, but there was no home field advantage.

"He's just a wonderful person to be around," Woods said of Obama. "And we won".

Topics : Golf Tiger Woods
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