Golf Articles

Press Cheers When Obama Sinks 40-Foot Chip Shot

3:14 PM, Dec 22, 2015

President Obama went golfing in Hawaii yesterday and called the press over when he reached the 18th hole. The commander in chief then made what ABC News describes as a 40-foot chip shot:

WATCH: @POTUS sinks 40-foot chip on the 18th hole during Hawaii vacation:— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 22, 2015

The press rewarded Obama with cheers.

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Day's Day

9:37 AM, Aug 17, 2015

If he were a race horse, then up-to-now the smart play would have been to bet him to show. On six occasions, Jason Day had finished among the top five in the big golf tournaments known as the "majors." But never first.

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How to Follow the British Open

8:39 AM, Jul 17, 2015

Technically, we are told, it is simply “the Open.”  Or, perhaps, “The Open.”  Maybe even “The Open.”

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PGA Pulls Grand Slam Tourney From Trump Course

11:01 AM, Jul 07, 2015

The Professional Golfers' Association of America will move its annual Grand Slam of Golf tournament from a Los Angeles-area golf course owned by New York businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The tournament, which features the winners of the four major championships, was scheduled to be held at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes this October.

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Total Wreck for Tiger Woods

6:48 AM, Jun 19, 2015

Well, Tiger Woods answered yesterday’s question – can he find the magic again? – and did so emphatically.  In a field of 156 golfers, one of them 15 years old, only two finished behind Tiger who shot an 80. There was no one thing wrong with his game.  It was a total wreck and it left the broadcasters feeling embarrassed and borderline speechless.

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Can Tiger Woods Find the Magic Again?

7:26 AM, Jun 18, 2015

When he steps onto the first tee today, Tiger Woods will be coming off some of the worst rounds of his career and a last place finish in a tournament that he was accustomed to winning. In golf, as in all sport, anyone can have a bad day. But for Tiger Woods, this was something different. You wonder if he even bothered to pick up the check for his winnings of $12,276.

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Fox to Use Drone in U.S. Open Coverage

10:10 AM, Jun 17, 2015

Fox will be using a drone and other high-tech means to cover the U.S. Open golf tournament. The Fox News Channel reports:

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What to Follow Today: Hillary or the Masters?

Man, that’s a tough one.
10:11 AM, Apr 12, 2015

Hillary Clinton will announce today that she is running for president. The tension is well, bearable. Evidently she will be making this announcement on social media and thats fine just so long as it doesnt get in the way of those of us who will be following Dan Jenkins, tweeting from the Masters.

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Tiger, Tiger Chunking Chips?

12:28 PM, Apr 09, 2015

Today, at 1:48 EST, Tiger Woods will be teeing it up at the Masters.  It has been a long time since he has played in a tournament.  Longer still since he has won.  His round today will be closely scrutinized by fans of golf and millions of others whose interest in the game pretty much begins and ends with Woods and how he is doing.

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Obama Heads to Hawaii for Rest of the Year

12:31 PM, Dec 19, 2014

President Obama and his family will head this evening to Hawaii, where he's expected to vacation until the new year.

"On Friday, December 19, President Obama and the First Family will travel to Honolulu, Hawai’i.  The arrival of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed media and closed to the public," the White House said in a statement.

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'Golf Partners, Statement on Nairobi Attack'

3:03 PM, Nov 22, 2014

The White House pool report notes President Obama is golfing with Derek Jeter and that the White House condemns today's terror attack in Kenya:

Subject: Travel pool report No 3 - golf partners, statement on Nairobi attack

Golf partners, per WH:

Derek Jeter
Stephen Cloobeck
Brian Greenspun

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Nairobi-Bound Bus Attack:

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Mad Dog Fowler

12:36 PM, Sep 24, 2014

Time for the big smack down.  The USA vs. the whole of Europe in a take no prisoners golf match.  The Brits are already upset and accusing Team America of unsportsmanlike conduct.

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After Golf Snub, President Canceled Plans, Went Home

At what cost?
7:14 AM, Sep 10, 2014

A new report from NBC claims that President Obama couldn't get a tee time during a recent visit to New York. So he packed up and went home (before returning to New York the next night for a private wedding).

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Obama Regrets 'Optics,' But Not the Golf, After Beheading

11:25 AM, Sep 07, 2014

This morning in an interview with NBC's Meet the Press, President Obama defended his decision to golf immediately after making a statement on the beheading of American journalist James Foley. "[T]here's always going to be some tough news somewhere," he said. 

But the president did have some regret. He should have, he admits, better "anticipated the optics."

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Nobody’s Fault

Liberals make excuses for Obama
Sep 01, 2014

All of a sudden, people have noticed that we are in trouble, and many are saying it isn’t the president’s fault. All the bad news, from Iraq to Ukraine, from Libya and Syria to the Mexican border, just seems to have happened: Obama was standing there, golfing or shaking hands with donors, and, like a burst of bad weather, the winds blew, the skies opened, and things went to hell. Mysterious forces conspired against him, terrible setbacks occurred for no reason, and we were left with effects without a cause.

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Do Americans Dislike Obamacare More Than Obama Likes Golf?

2:31 PM, Aug 26, 2014

During President Obama’s second term, about the only thing more common than seeing him out on the golf course has been seeing polls highlighting the striking unpopularity of his signature legislation.  Obama has golfed a reported 79 times so far in his sec

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The Denial Speaks Volumes

12:35 PM, Aug 26, 2014

In politics, the preferred way to deal with a negative story is, of course, to ignore it.  Act as though it is of such slight importance, so obviously untrue, and peddled by such disreputable sources that it isn’t worth your attention.  You have far more important things to do.  Much loftier challenges.  A country to run.  And so forth.

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Obama Golfing Again

12:18 PM, Aug 21, 2014

The world is exploding, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said last week. But President Obama is going golfing -- again. 

Via the pool report:

Admit it. You all made small-dollar bets that POTUS would be playing golf today. And ... you would be right! We are at the Farm Neck Golf Club at 1:13 pm. and POTUS is hitting the links again.

The White House sends the following: Partners:

Alonzo Mourning

Cy Walker

Preston Heard

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Obama Back On the Links

12:11 PM, Aug 14, 2014

President Obama went directly from giving remarks on Iraq and the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri to the golf course. 

"That didn't take long," tweeted White House reporter Jonathan Karl, "@BarackObama has arrived at a golf course here in Edgartown."

That didn't take long: @BarackObama has arrived at a golf course here in Edgartown.

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Bidens in Hamptons to Begin Third Vacation in Month

9:01 AM, Aug 12, 2014

The Bidens are arriving today in the Hamptons to start their third vacation in a month. 

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Phil Mickelson: Playing Under Pressure

9:05 AM, Jun 12, 2014

Lee Trevino was once asked about the pressure in some gaudy PGA tournament he was playing and recalled his days husting golf in Texas, "You don't know what pressure is,” he famously said, "until you've played for $5 a hole with only $2 in your pocket."

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Home Town Hero

10:37 AM, Jan 29, 2014

According to Gallup  among the 50 states, the president’s highest approval rating is in Hawaii where it is just above 60 percent.  Understandable, since he was born there, spends a lot of time and plays a lot of golf in the islands, and has enough history with Hawaii that he could call it home.

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Obama Goes Golfing

2:09 PM, Aug 31, 2013

After delivering a statement on Syria this afternoon, Barack Obama jumped in the presidential limo and hit the links. Via an NBC reporter:


From the pool: Obama and Biden are now playing golf.

— Carrie Dann (@CarrieNBCNews) August 31, 2013

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After Beach, Obama Golfs With Comedian Larry David

12:12 PM, Aug 17, 2013

President Barack Obama went to the beach with his family this morning, and now he's golfing with comedian Larry David. Via the pool report:

After spending two and a half hours on the beach, POTUS's motorcade was rolling again at 12.31pm and arrived at Farm Neck Golf Club at 12.43pm.

His playing partners are Glen Hutchins, Larry David and Ron Kirk, according to the White House.

It is POTUS's fifth round of the vacation, although he only played nine holes instead of the full 18 on Thursday.

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Obama Goes Straight to the Links After Egypt Statement

10:19 AM, Aug 15, 2013

President Obama delivered about an 8 minute statement on Egypt this morning, then went straight to the links. Via the pool report:

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Obama Golfs With Comcast CEO

10:28 AM, Aug 14, 2013

President Obama is golfing today on Martha's Vineyard. The foursome is made up of the following individuals, according to the White House pool reporter:

Per the WH, the president's golf partners are:

Jim Kim, president of the World Bank

Brian Roberts, chief executive of Comcast.

Ron Kirk, former US Trade Representative. Comcast owns NBC and MSNBC.  Read more

Reuters: 'Terrible Optics' for Obama to Go Golfing and Kerry Yachting During Egypt Coup

11:03 AM, Jul 07, 2013

Reuters columnist David Rohde said this morning on CBS that it was "terrible optics" for President Obama to go golfing and Secretary of State John Kerry to go yachting as the Egyptian leader was overthrown:

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Obama Goes Golfing

8:54 AM, Jul 05, 2013

President Obama is spending today, the day after the Fourth of July holiday, hitting the links. Via the pool reporter, he's with his buddies Martin Nesbitt and Dr. Eric Whitaker:

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Obama: 'I Am Unhappy That I Will Not Get a Few Rounds in While I'm Here'

6:43 AM, Jun 17, 2013

Speaking this morning in Belfast, President Obama took the opportunity to mix in a little golf talk as he addressed Northern Irish youth.

"Northern Ireland is hosting the World Police and Fire Games later this year -- (applause) -- which Dame Mary Peters is helping to organize.  (Applause.)," Obama said, according to the official White House transcript.  

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