No offense to President Obama, but Tiger Woods’s competition figures to be a lot more fierce starting today.

Woods will tee off against Charles Howell III at 2:25 p.m. EST today in the WGC Match Play Championship after he and his partner, the Prez, beat U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane in a golf outing so private that it irked reporters over the weekend.

“He was my partner, and as I said, we won,” Woods said in Marana, Ariz., making his first remarks about the foursome Tuesday. “He hit the ball well, and he’s got an amazing touch. He can certainly chip and putt. If he … spends more time playing the game of golf, I’m sure he could get to where he’s a pretty good stick.”

Well, yes, being president can interfere with the acquisition of “a pretty good stick,” with CBS News Radio’s Mark Knoller reporting that Obama has played at least 115 rounds of golf since taking office. How did Woods get a coveted tee time with Obama? Well, he is Tiger Woods.

“He calls up and says, ‘Hey Tiger you wanna play?'” Woods joked. “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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