02/17/2013 02:11 pm ET

Obama, Tiger Woods Play Golf In Florida

President Obama played golf with Tiger Woods at the Floridian Yacht and Golf Club, the White House confirmed on Sunday.

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement that the president golfed with Woods, resort owner Jim Crane, and U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk.

The president is currently on a three-day getaway in Palm City, Fla. while First Lady Michelle Obama and daughers Malia and Sasha ski out West. Obama arrived at the Floridian, an exclusive golf resort on Florida's Treasure Coast, on Friday evening, and will return to the White House on Monday.

The Associated Press reported on Obama's trip:

During the weekend, the president, a sports enthusiast and avid golfer, planned to practice his putting technique on the club's private, 18-hole course, which opened in 1996, according to golfnow.com, and is owned by Jim Crane, a Houston businessman who also owns Major League Baseball's Astros.


Obama's longtime friend from Chicago, Eric Whitaker, joined him on the flight from Chicago to Florida. The two have played golf together in the past. Another regular member of Obama's golf foursomes is White House trip director Marvin Nicholson, who also traveled with the president on Friday.


Earnest, the White House spokesman, said Obama also got some instruction and played a few holes with Butch Harmon, Tiger Woods' former swing coach. Harmon had told The Associated Press by text message earlier Saturday that he would be at the Floridian to play nine holes and practice with Obama.



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