Tiger Woods played golf with Barack Obama three years ago. And on Friday, he played 18 holes with Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida at the Trump International Golf Club.
Woods, who is celebrating his 41st birthday on December 30th, came back to competition this month after a 15-month injury.
Trump was planning to go to the West Palm Beach Hilton after the game. He had meetings with “high-level staffers” later in the day, press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.
Trump’s transition team didn’t give any details on the round or what the president-elect and Woods spoke about.
Tiger Woods And Donald Trump
Woods played with Obama in February 2013 at a private golf resort in Florida. The team of Obama and Woods fought to defeat US trade representative Ron Kirk and Jim Crane, Houston Astros owner.
Many criticized that golf outing after realizing that it cost US taxpayers around $3.6 million. Those numbers come from a US Government Accountability report.
Golf courses around the world are owned by The Trump Organization, including the historical Turnberry in Scotland, hosting the Open Championship four times. However, Trump’s controversial comments on immigration put a strain on some of his relationships in the golf world.
The PGA of America took its 2015 Grand Slam of Golf from Trump National Los Angeles after his comments on Mexican immigrants, and the event was discontinued later.
Activist Martha Burk is one of those calling for the US Golf Association to move the 2017 US Women’s Open from Trump National in New Jersey. However, the USGA has rejected the change.
The US PGA Tour moved their tournament at Trump National Doral in Miami to Mexico City for the 2016-17 season. However, Tim Finchem, tour commissioner said in June that the move of the World Golf Championships event is not a “political exercise.”
Finchem also says that having the Trump brand on the host course makes it harder to find a sponsor to replace Cadillac since Trump shares the limelight with other corporate backers.
Although Trump talked down on Obama during the campaign for playing golf too much, Golf Digest magazine listed the president-elect as one of the best golfers in Washington recently, with a 2.8 handicap.