msnbc | February 17, 2013
>> that president obama teed off with golfing great tiger woods today. woods lives about an hour and a half from where president obama is vacationing. they will be on the course for several more hours of course. joining us on the course is tim rosaforte. you are at the resort with the president. what more can you tell us?
>> the floridaen golf and react club in palm city , florida is where they played their round of golf. the president is visiting here through some friends of his in houston. he was introduced to the golf course and as a result of that has decided to take a golf buddies trip more than anything else. he took lessons from butch harmon and his son, claude. they have been talking about playing their first round of golf. it was supposed to happen at the medalist about 30 minutes away. because of the weather and the security and everything they decided to do it here. and so at about 11:00 today they went off the first tee for their first round of golf. this is not the first time they have been together. they met in 2009 in i believe the oval office when tiger was in washington to promote his golf tournament . obviously a historic day in golf to see two figures like the president and tiger woods together for the first time on the golf course .
>> is it just the two of them?
>> there is a foursome. jim crane who is the owner of this golf course and also owns the houston astros and bought the club from the former dolphin owner. he is a three handicap, very good golfer. they are also accompanied by ambassador ron kirk . they are playing from what i'm told a friendly match. it is the president and tiger against kirk and crane. i'm told they are about the 15th or 16th home. that is very close. they are talking about going 27 holes before the day is over.
>> wow. 27 holes. any idea at this point how tiger is hitting them and how the president is hitting them?
>> well, i know the president is hitting it better after working with harmon yesterday. he had about an hour in their learning center here. i talked to the president afterwards. it is hard to find a man happier than the president yesterday. tiger is putting on a little show. this is the first time he has seen this golf course . he birdied the first hole. originally tiger and crane were playing at the tips of the golf course and the president and mr. kirk were playing a couple of tees up. i am told they are playing off the same tee now. the 14th hole is about 378 yards. i am not allowed in the course. i am told tiger drove that green. he is putting on a show for the president and the groups that are allowed out there to follow him around.
>> thanks to you, sir. do appreciate that.
>> i appreciate it. you do a great job. all the best.