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Obama Golfs With Tiger Woods (Update: Press Blocked)

2:14 PM, Feb 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Barack Obama, who is on a weekend getaway in Florida this weekend, hit the links with Tiger Woods today, the White House reveals. 

"The President played golf today with USTR Ron Kirk, Jim Crane and Tiger Woods," deputy press secretary Josh Earnest says in a statement.

It's the first time Obama and Woods have gone golfing together. "President Barack Obama had an intimidating partner for a round of golf on Sunday - Tiger Woods, the world's No. 2 ranked player, according to a report," Reuters reports.

The president is vacationing by himself this weekend. The rest of his family, Michelle Obama and the two Obama daughters, are in Colorado on their own vacation.

UPDATE: The White House pooler reports that the press has been blocked from a photo-op:

An update on the situation of your pool:

We got confirmation at 1:45 PM that POTUS had been hitting the links with Tiger Woods inside the “Floridian” golf compound, 20 minutes away from the pool hotel. Your pool has been aware since this morning that a reporter, Tim Rosaforte, had been tweeting and talking on the Golf Channel about the POTUS/Woods game from inside the compound. Still officially under a lid, we decided to assemble and at 2:10 PM we logged a request to the White House for access to the President’s game for a photo-op, like this administration and previous ones have granted in the past. We were told that we were free to travel to the Floridian but wouldn’t get access to POTUS. After some back and forth, our handlers finally arrived at 4:17 PM and our bus was on the move quickly afterwards. We reached the Floridian’s gates at 4:37. We’re holding outside the compound and we’re told that the President is not moving out of the Floridian and that the lid is still in place.

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