President Obama today got some coaching from Butch Harmon, the man who helped turn Tiger Woods into one of the greatest golfers of all time.
Harmon, who coached Woods from 1993 until parting ways with him in 2004, accompanied Obama and the rest of his group for several holes today, “providing tips along the way,” according to the press pool report.
Obama is spending President’s Day weekend at the ultra-exclusive Floridian golf resort in Palm City, Florida.
Playing with the president today were U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Obama’s Chicago buddy Eric Whitaker, both of whom regularly accompany Obama on the fairways. Also tagging along were Tony Chase, a Houston attorney and Obama fundraiser, Jim Crane, a Houston businessman who owns the Houston Astros and the Floridian, and Milton Carroll, another Houston businessman who is chairman of CenterPoint Energy.
According to Golf Digest, Harmon flew in just to play with Obama, and has also shared the fairways with Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford and George H.W. Bush.
Meanwhile, two F-16 jets escorted a small plane today away from the no-fly zone established around the Floridian, according to CBS. The jets forced the Cessna 152 to land around noontime.
Today marks the third time Obama has golfed in 2013 – he played twice in Hawaii last month – and the 114th time he has played since becoming president.