President Obama plays 100th round of golf, draws fire from critics

posted on 21 Jul 2014 17:43 by rampantsavior3538

President Barack Obama, right, and former President Bill Clinton talk during a game of golf at Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

(CBS News) CHICAGO -- There's something about golf that makes it a compelling pastime for American presidents.

President Obama spent about 4 hours on Father's Day playing a round of golf at the Beverly Country Club with two old friends and an aide. It was his 100th round of golf since taking office.

By the number of times he plays, it's clear Mr. Obama enjoys golf, though only on a few occasions has he spoken publicly about the game.

In naming Jim Yong Kim to be his nominee to head the World Bank last March, Mr. Obama joked with mock envy about Kim's prowess on the links.

"I just found out he's a five handicap in golf. I'm a little resentful about that last item."

Men who aspire to and win the presidency are usually overachievers who conquer every goal they set, but they find golf addictively resistant to their skills.

"It's a game that I keep on thinking I should be good at, and somehow the ball goes this way and that way and never goes straight," said Mr. Obama in a Russian media interview in 2009. But on another occasion, he admitted he's "terrible" at golf, but is drawn to the game just the same.

"It's the only time that for six hours, I'm outside," said the president in a CBS News interview with Harry Smith. He said its one of the few times as president "where you almost feel normal" in the sense that he feels outside the security bubble that envelopes him at all times.

"It feels as're out of the container," he said.

But never is the game of golf more controversial than when it's played by an American president. It infuriates critics who demand to know why he's not working on the nation's problems. It makes his supporters aggressively defensive about his right to have a few hours of recreation.

In reporting his 100th round in on Twitter today, I was inundated by a fury of tweets condemning or defending the president for his activity and denouncing me for reporting the count.

It's just a number reflecting one of his many activities as president. It's like his number of vetoes (2), pardons (22), foreign trips (23), addresses to Congress (6), bills signed (499) or flights on Marine One (663).

Opponents see rounds of golf as an opportunity to charge a president is a slacker, not focused on the responsibilities of his office. Supporters cheer his ability to take a few hours to refresh and revitalize. They accuse me of giving his critics ammunition to use against him.

I encountered a similar reaction during the presidency of George W. Bush when I reported on the number of his trips to his Texas ranch (77 visits/spanning all or part of 490 days). His opponents said he should be at the White House working while supporters abused me for keeping track of such matters.

Bush played 24 rounds of golf during the first 2 years of his presidency, but then, six months into the war in Iraq, decided to stop. "I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal," he said in an interview in 2008 with Yahoo and

During President Bill Clinton's 18 days of summer vacation in 1995 that took him to Wyoming, Hawaii and California, he logged over 71 hours playing 273 holes of golf.

When for the first time he broke 80 during a round of golf in San Diego, he couldn't help but trumpet his achievement to reporters.

"I was hot. I was smoking 'em," said Clinton of scoring 79 at the par-72 course on Coronado Island.

We don't ever hear about Mr. Obama's scores on the golf course. And only rarely does the White House permit the press to get a photograph of the president on the links. During the Clinton presidency, such photo ops were routine.

Different times, different presidents, different rules.

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posted on 11 Jun 2014 03:09 by rampantsavior3538

Ben Crane shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to open a six-stroke lead in the St. Jude Classic before heavy rain delayed play twice and forced the suspension of play for the day.

Crane birdied his final hole Thursday night for a 63 and rolled in a 44-footer for birdie to start the second round Friday morning. He had a 12-under 128 total at TPC Southwind, matching the winning score in relation to par last year.

Carl Pettersson and Jason Bohn were tied for second at 6 under. Pettersson had one hole left, and Bohn had two to play. Davis Love III (70) and Billy Horschel (68) were in at 5 under.

Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen were unable to start the second round. Mickelson opened with a 67 on Thursday, and Goosen had a 66.

After a 59-minute delay because of lightning, play resumed for 13 minutes before being stopped again. Fans were sent home and the round was suspended just before 5 p.m.


WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) -- Defending champion Hee Young Park and Shanshan Feng topped the second-round leaderboard Friday in the LPGA Tour's Manulife Financial Classic, a stroke ahead of Michelle Wie.

Park had a 5-under 66 to match Feng at 11-under 131 at Grey Silo. They are bogey-free through 36 holes.

Feng shot a 66.

Last year, Park beat Angela Stanford with a birdie on the third playoff hole after they finished at 26-under 258 to match the tour record for lowest total score.

Wie, the winner in Hawaii in April, followed her opening 65 with a bogey-free 67. She's seeking her second victory in Canada after winning the 2010 Canadian Women's Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Anna Nordqvist, a two-time winner this year, was 9 under after a 64 -- the best round of the week.


RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) -- Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry teamed to birdie the final three holes for a share of the lead with Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk in the Champions Tour's rain-delayed Legends of Golf.

The leaders were at 10-under 61 after their better-ball rounds on the Buffalo Ridge course.

Funk and Sluman played the first nine holes in 7-under 28 and added three birdies on the back nine. In Savannah, Georgia, last year, Sluman teamed with Brad Faxon to win the Champions Division.

Other players opened at Top of the Rock, the first par-3 course used in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event. The teams of Tom Watson-Andy North, Nick Faldo Eduardo Romero and Craig Stadler-Kirk Triplett had the best rounds there, finishing at 5-under 49 after nine holes of alternate shot and nine of better ball.

In the Legends Division for players 65 and older, Bruce Fleisher and Larry Nelson took the lead with a 62 at Buffalo Ridge. The teams of Jack Nicklaus-Gary Player, Lee Trevino-Mike Hill and Graham Marsh-John Bland shot 1-over 55 on the par-3 course, the site of the final rounds in each division.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Southern California's Annie Park won two matches in the Curtis Cup to help the United States take a 5-1 lead over Britain and Ireland at St. Louis Country Club.

The 19-year-old Park, from Levittown, New York, teamed with Mississippi State's Ally McDonald to beat Bronte Law and Charlotte Thomas 4 and 3 in the morning four-ball matches, then joined UCLA's Erynne Lee to top Eilidh Briggs and Gabriella Cowley 3 and 1 the afternoon foursomes.

The United States is trying to regain the cup after falling in 2012 at Nairn in Scotland. The loss was the Americans' first since 1996. The Americans lead the series 27-7-3.

On Saturday, there will again be three morning foursomes matches and three afternoon four-ball matches. On Sunday, the biennial competition will close with eight singles.


ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) -- Sweden's Mikael Lundberg shot a 4-under 68 in perfect morning conditions to take the second-round lead in the Lyoness Open.

Lundberg had a 9-under 135 total at Diamond Country Club. England's Lee Slattery was a stroke back after a 66, and Paraguay's Farbrizio Zanotti had a 68 to reach 7 under.

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