Obama turns to Lefty’s coach Harmon
President also joined by Tiger as he gets his game back in shape
Posted: 15 February 2013
by Bob Warters
“So Mr President, let's see what you got.”
You can just imagine coach Butch Harmon swaggering on to the range this weekend at Palm City, Florida, after receiving a call from Barack Obama's people requesting a golf lesson while he takes a break from Presidential duties.
Appropriate really as Harmon and his son Claude also look after the on-course coaching interests of the world's second-best-known left-hander, Phil Mickelson.
It looks like the President, fresh from delivering his state of the Union Address to the US nation this week, is determined to ignore his critics and invest even more time improving his golf swing and his scoring and Harmon will love the attention.
The President's golfing weekend at The Floridian GC will include at least one round on the Tom Fazio course as well as an afternoon of beating balls at the Harmon School of Golf.
Following the call, the Harmons are flying from their Nevada base to work on the President's swing and his ball striking in an effort to improve on mid-teen handicap, achieved from regular visits to his holiday home in Hawaii.
Ever the publicist, Harmon said this week: “I've played golf with President Ike [Eisenhower], Nixon, Ford and Bush. I never played with President Clinton but I met him in the Oval Office. It'll be interesting. I know the President is a real keen golfer and I'm looking forward to it. It should be fun.”
Obama has become a passionate golfer, playing more than 100 rounds since taking office in 2008. He took a break from the game during his re-election campaign, but this visit to see the Harmons indicates that the president intends to tee it up even more in 2013.
FOOTNOTE:Tiger Woods, who lives in nearby Jupiter, joined the president at the Floridian - a group that also included Jim Crane, the Houston businessman who owns the resort and baseball's Ron Kirk from the Houston Astros.
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