Secret golfing life of Barack Obama

Why must this president hide his game from the world?

Originally Published: October 3, 2012
By Don Van Natta Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

IT IS THE FIRST Sunday morning in May 2011, and the president of the United States tees off on the East Course at Andrews air base. It is Barack Obama's 66th round of golf as president, and as usual, the media and the public aren't invited. Like nearly all of Obama's previous outings, the only witnesses are his playing partners -- a trio of White House staffers -- and a platoon of Secret Service agents.

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