Miami - Tiger
Woods, who played golf three years ago with Barack Obama, teed off
on Friday with White House successor Donald Trump at the real estate
mogul's swank Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
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Woods, who will celebrate his 41st birthday on December 30, returned to competition this month after a 15-month injury layoff.
joined the president-elect for 18 holes in West Palm Beach, a
spokeswoman for Trump's transition team said. Trump was to have meetings
with "high-level staffers" after the round, press secretary Stephanie
In February 2013, 14-time major champion Woods played with Obama at a private golf resort in Florida.
Obama and Woods teamed up to defeat US trade representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.
golf outing was criticised after it came to light that it ended up
costing US taxpayers nearly $3.6 million, according to a US Government
Accountability report published this year.
The Trump Organization
owns golf courses around the world, including historic Turnberry in
Scotland, which has hosted the Open Championship four times.
Trump's controversial comments on issues such as immigration during the
US presidential campaign strained his relationships with some in the
The PGA of America stripped its 2015 Grand Slam of
Golf from Trump National Los Angeles after Trump's comments on Mexican
immigrants, and the event was later discontinued.
Burk is among those who have called for the US Golf Association to move
the 2017 US Women's Open from Trump National in New Jersey, a demand the
USGA has declined to meet.
The US PGA Tour moved its longstanding
tournament at Trump National Doral in the Miami area to Mexico City for
the 2016-17 season, although tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in June
that the move of the World Golf Championships event was not a
However, Finchem acknowledged that having
the Trump brand on the host course of the event made it harder to find a
sponsor to replace outgoing tournament backer Cadillac, since Trump
would share the limelight with any other corporate backer.
Trump blasted Obama during the campaign for playing too much golf, Golf
Digest magazine recently listed the president-elect as among the best
golfers in Washington with a 2.8 handicap.