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June 17, 2013

Obama jokes about golf game in Northern Ireland

Posted at 10:31 AM by Mike Walker | Categories: Barack Obama, Rory McIlroy

Obama_300President Obama is in Northern Ireland this week for the G8 summit and like any golfer visiting the linksland, he wishes he could have brought his sticks, according to the USA Today.

"I am unhappy that I will not get a few rounds in while I'm here," Obama said.

Northern Ireland is home to Royal County Down and Royal Portrush, both among the top 20 golf courses in the world, according to Golf Magazine. In addition to hosting world-class courses, Northern Ireland also breeds world-class golfers, including Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke. Obama, who took a weekend golf trip with Tiger Woods earlier this year, has a standing invitation for a lesson with McIlroy, he said in Belfast.

"I did meet Rory McIlroy last year, and Rory offered to get my swing 'sorted' -- which was a polite way of saying, 'Mr. President, you need help.'"

Photo: President Obama plays golf at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in May (Getty Images).


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