Tiger Woods talks about playing golf with President Barack Obama
Tiger Woods says Barack Obama is "a pretty good athlete" and a good chipper and putter.
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Tiger Woods chatted (and even chuckled) with reporters on Tuesday, the eve of the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz.
Woods talked about his recent round with President Obama, slow play and what he has done since he played at Torrey Pines.
On the call to play golf last weekend with Obama:
It's an invitation you don't turn down.
He's a pretty good athlete. We all know he plays a lot of hoop. I had kinda forgotten that he's a lefty.
We played under some tough conditions. 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.
He's an avid golfer and....so am I [smiles]
On slow play, which he complained about at the Farmers Insurance Open:
I have not spoken to any officials; players, yes, but not anyone official.
Then on whether Obama was a slow player:
[huge smile] he's quick.
On what he has done since his win at the Farmers Insurance Open:
The first week I didn't touch a club, just got away from it. The second week I started hitting balls, chipping and putting. And then the past week I started playing quite a bit. Got most of my work done last week.
On match play:
It's a lot of fun because we don't have a chance to do this very often. Usually it takes three or three-and-a-half days to come down to a situation where it's one on one, and generally it's not in the same group. So here, right from the word "go," we're going at each other and we know exactly what they're doing.
On his favorite match-play moment:
All of my finals in the Ams. I was down in all six of them, in the final. All three Juniors and all three Ams I came back and ended up winning all six of them in a row. That's something I'm very proud of. The fact that I came back in each one is something that has certainly given me a lot of confidence going forward when I turned pro.
Woods will tee off against Charles Howell III at 2:25 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
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