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Obama on Tiger Woods: ‘He’s on Another Planet’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Wednesday said his 18 holes with Tiger Woods over the weekend felt like no big deal.

“I don’t think either of us was nervous,” Obama told San Francisco ABC News affiliate KGO’s Dan Ashley in his first public comments on the round.

Obama and Woods played together Sunday on a secluded course at the Florida resort in Palm City, where the president spent three days vacationing and taking private golf lessons from Woods’ former coach Butch Harmon.

“How does your golf game hold up next to Tiger’s?” Ashley asked Obama.

“That’s not a hard question,” Obama joked.  “He plays a different game than I do.  He’s on another planet.”

At a press conference Tuesday in Arizona, Woods praised his partner, saying the two of them won in match-play against U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.

“He hit the ball well, and he’s got an amazing touch.  He can certainly chip and putt,” Woods said of Obama.  “If he … spends more time playing the game of golf, I’m sure he can get to where he’s got pretty good stick.”

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Tiger Woods: Obama Has 'Amazing Touch' on Golf Course

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When Tiger Woods is your teammate, it's hard to lose.  Still, President Obama has a pretty good game, according to the world's second-ranked golfer.

Obama and Woods played golf over Presidents' Day weekend, and Woods divulged on Tuesday that they teamed up to beat the other players in their foursome, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.

"He was my partner, and as I said, we won," Woods told reporters at a press conference after a practice round at the WGC-Accenture Matchplay Championship in Arizona.

"He hit the ball well, and he's got an amazing touch.  He can certainly chip and putt," Woods said of Obama.  "If he ... spends more time playing the game of golf, I'm sure he can get to where he's got pretty good stick" -- golf-aficionados' terminology for a talented game.

Asked how one gets an invitation to play with the president, Woods joked, "He calls up and says, 'Hey Tiger you wanna play?'  Obviously there is a process that's involved, and I was invited to play, and it was an invitation that certainly you don't turn down, especially [since] he's an avid golfer, and so am I.  So we went out there and we had just a great round of golf with Ron and Jim, and it was a good day."

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President Obama, Tiger Woods Play Golf Together

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(PALM CITY, Fla.) -- President Obama is in the middle of spending a three-day weekend at a posh Florida golf and yacht club. And if taking private training lessons on the links from Tiger Woods’ old coach Saturday wasn’t enough, on Sunday the Tiger himself joined Obama on the links. The meeting on the green is their first.

A White House official confirmed to the press that the president was playing with Woods, although media have not been allowed on the resort since the president’s Friday arrival to view any activity.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and the property’s owner, Jim Crane, were also on the course, according to the official. Crane is a former Obama donor and the owner of the Houston Astros baseball team.

Woods, who is among the world’s top professional golfers, was the first person to hold all four major championship titles simultaneously. By contrast, Obama, who only took up the sport in recent years, has previously described himself as only an average duffer. His love of the game is well known however, and he played more than a hundred rounds last summer.

Obama has occasionally drawn criticism from opponents for the amount of time he’s spent on golf courses, drawing complaints that it is time wasted away from the Oval Office. But he is far from the golf record holder among U.S. presidents. That goes to Woodrow Wilson, who historians note played 1,200 rounds during his presidency. Former President Dwight Eisenhower takes second place at 800, according to his memorial commission.

Woods is currently the second highest ranking golfer in the world, although his career suffered in 2009 when a messy extramarital affair came to the public eye.

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