“The foursome also included Jim Crane, a Houston businessman who owns the Floridian and baseball's Houston Astros, and outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, a former mayor of Dallas, said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. Crane and Kirk also were part of Obama's foursome on Saturday, the White House said. "Well, when you get to play with the President and Tiger Woods in the same round, that's one that doesn't happen every day and it might not happen again," Crane told MLB.com. "It was a lot of fun. The President was very cordial, and Tiger had a lot of fun and hit some great shots. We had a lot of fun." Golf Digest reported that Obama also spent eight hours Saturday with Butch Harmon, Woods' former swing coach, during which he played 27 holes and hit balls in Harmon's studio, and then managed to coordinate Sunday's round with Woods. The report said the original plan called for Obama and Woods to play at Woods' home club -- The Medalist Golf Club, a half-hour away in Hobe Sound -- but they eventually opted for the Floridian. Woods departed after the first 18 holes, but Obama stayed on to play another nine, the report said. "Just to see the interaction between the two on the range was pretty neat," Harmon told Golf Digest. "The President said to Tiger: 'The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It's good to see you play well again.' You could tell he meant it. It just wasn't a throw-it-out compliment." Crane praised Obama's skills on the golf course. "He played well today," the Astros' owner told MLB.com. "He made some good shots and had some pars, and I think he shot in the 80s. The weather was nice and we had fun. I think he really enjoyed his visit and we really enjoyed having him in the Floridian, and hopefully we'll have him back some day."
Just to see the interaction between the two on the range was pretty neat. The President said to Tiger: 'The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It's good to see you play well again.' You could tell he meant it. It just wasn't a throw-it-out compliment.” -- Swing instructor Butch Harmon to Golf Digest on Sunday's golf outing between President Barack Obama and Tiger Woods