Tiger Woods on Obama golf game: ‘We won’

The White House press corps may have been shut out of President Obama's golf game with Tiger Woods this past weekend. But the pro golfer has shared a little bit of information on the game.

"He's just a wonderful person to be around. And we won," Woods said Tuesday, according to Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine. He added, "He's an avid golfer, and so am I."

Woods, a winner of 14 major golf championships, lives on a $54 million estate in Jupiter Island, Fla. -- not far from Palm City's Floridian National Golf Club, where Obama spent his short vacation. Woods is currently ranked No. 2 in the world.

The White House Correspondents' Association complained about press access after a Golf Channel journalist on the grounds of Obama's hotel reported on the Sunday game, which was off-limits to the traveling press.

Jim Crane, owner of the Houston Astros and the golf resort where Obama stayed, played against the president and Woods. Former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk played on Crane's team. "He played pretty good," Crane said of the president in a local television interview. "They did put it on us pretty good."

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that Obama was spending personal vacation time at a private hotel and did not leave the compound during his Sunday golf outing with Woods.

“[T]he president had some down time. He was playing golf,” Carney said. “We don’t control everybody who’s around and purporting to be reporting on the event, but nobody, no reporter had any access that was different from the White House press corps on that matter.”

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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