With Obama, Tiger 'teed it forward'

February, 27, 2013

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Both the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association have been advocating for some time a golf-friendly format known as "Tee It Forward."

The idea is to have golfers move up one set of tees -- or more -- in order to derive more enjoyment from the game while also speeding up play.

Tiger Woods got to experience his own form of "Tee It Forward" recently.

Typically, this would not be an issue for any professional golfer, especially Woods, who hits it farther than all but a handful of players in the game.

But when he played with President Obama recently at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., that became a condition of the proceedings.

Woods acknowledged Wednesday during the Honda Classic pro-am, during a brief discussion on the subject, that he was required to play from tees that measured 6,208 yards -- or more than 1,000 yards shorter than PGA National will play for the Honda Classic -- and hit driver.

"It was part of the bet," Woods smiled.

Woods partnered with President Obama -- they rode a cart together in 50-degree temperatures that seemed much colder, Woods said -- and they played a $5 Nassau against Floridian owner Jim Crane, who also owns baseball's Houston Astros, and outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

For camaraderie purposes, but also because of the wager, Woods played it forward, and while he hit some great shots, he also had his struggles.

"It's not that easy," he said. "There's nowhere to hit it from up there. The fairways get narrower and the holes bend."

That apparently was of no concern to Obama, who in the days after their game together said that Woods "was on another planet."



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