Category: Bill Clinton

October 10, 2013

Bill Clinton tees it up with Rory McIlroy in Ireland

Posted at 5:09 PM by Pete Madden

Former President Bill Clinton hit the links with two-time major winner Rory McIlroy in Ireland this week.

Clinton ranks highly on our list of Top 10 Presidential Golfers, (though he reportedly lost to Barack Obama by "a couple shots" in 2011), so maybe taking down a Golfer-in-Chief will give Rory a much-needed confidence boost as he prepares for his exhibition (re)match against Tiger Woods on the Chinese island of Hainan.

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January 18, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Jan. 18, 2013

Posted at 6:55 PM by Mike Walker



 1. “From now on I'll be playing a
Method putter."

--Rory McIlroy at his Nike press conference on Monday;
he switched back to his Scotty Cameron putter on Friday



Justin_forweb2. "Monty came into the picture to combat the big name of Tom Watson, and I felt like maybe that's something that the European Team didn't need to do.”

Justin Rose on Paul McGinley being picked for 2014 Ryder Cup captain over Colin Montgomerie 


Trump_forweb3. “The amount I know about golf would fit into a teaspoon. However, I do know when I’m walking on a pathway and come to a big chasm, that’s not the best.”  

--Aberdeen, Scotland, resident Suzanne Kelly on discovering storm damage at Donald Trump's Trump International Golf Links 



4. “I’ve traveled more miles than
any human being who ever lived.”

--Gary Player on his frequent-flier status after 60 years of international golf 





5. "It would be very similar to saying that I had a rivalry with Phil two years into my career. That wasn't the case."

--Tiger Woods on whether he has a rivalry with Rory McIlroy 




6. “I was adding up my scorecard, and I was like, oh, wait, I shot 29 on the back.”

--Russell Henley on his final round at the Sony Open in Hawaii; he won



 7. “He said, golf is the way politics is. If you're grip is too far to the right, you're going to get in trouble on the left. But if your grip is too far to the left, you're going to get in big trouble on the right.”

--Bill Clinton on getting golf advice from Tom Watson



8. “If you ask most guys, they would
want to be involved in that process a
little bit more.”

--Jason Dufner on the selection of the Ryder Cup Team USA captain


  Kaymer_forweb9. “It was probably the best feeling I ever had in my life; to have the responsibility knowing that you can make something huge happen for the team and for yourself, and knowing that I can handle it.”

--Martin Kaymer on sinking the winning putt for Team Europe at the 2012 Ryder Cup



10. “Most celebrities think they're friends with everybody. And that drives me crazy. I'm not there to be a distraction to the pro.”

--The Voice host Carson Daly on playing in pro-ams

December 05, 2012

Truth & Rumors: White House won't comment on result of Obama-Clinton match

Posted at 3:20 PM by Samantha Glover

Clinton_obamaPresident Obama and former President Clinton play golf at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in September 2011. (AP Photo)

President Obama and former President Clinton hit the links on Sunday at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, home of Air Force One, but the result of that match is an open question and White House spokesman Jay Carney isn't talking, according to the Weekly Standard.

Q: Did President Clinton have any advice or suggestions for President Obama yesterday during their golf game on the fiscal cliff? Might there have been some discussion about the fiscal cliff when he played golf?

MR. CARNEY: For reasons that would be apparent to anybody who has seen me swing a golf club, I was not there and therefore do not know.

Q: No readout on the golf game?

MR. CARNEY: I know that President Obama enjoyed the session. But beyond that, I don't have anything else for you.

Q: Who won?

MR. CARNEY: Doesn't the sitting President always win?

Obama and Clinton played their first round of golf together in 2011. According to the New Yorker, that round helped Obama get Clinton's support for his 2012 campaign.

Obama phoned Clinton and invited him out for a round. Several Clinton associates say that this was the moment they realized that Obama truly wanted to win in 2012. Why else would he spend hours on a golf course being lectured by Clinton?

The Presidential round was played at Andrews Air Force Base on September 24, 2011, and since then Clinton has become a visible and vigorous champion of Obama’s reëlection. Clinton agreed to participate in several fund-raisers; he was in a documentary, released on March 15th, attesting to Obama’s sound judgment in ordering the raid on Osama bin Laden; and he recently appeared in an Obama campaign ad. “President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up,” Clinton says. “It only works if there is a strong middle class. That’s what happened when I was President. We need to keep going with his plan.” Behind the scenes, Clinton has been involved in detailed discussions about campaign strategy.

A full transcript of Press Secretary Carney's briefing is available at

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December 03, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Did Obama and Clinton discuss fiscal cliff on the golf course?

Posted at 11:50 AM by Samantha Glover

President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton spent Sunday on the golf course at Joint Base Andrews, according to Peter Baker of The New York Times Caucus blog. Chances are, they were talking shop between shots.

White House officials did not know what the president and the former president talked about, but they presumed that the looming fiscal crisis would come up. Mr. Clinton, after all, is the last Democratic president to engage in eye-to-eye confrontations with Congressional Republicans over spending and tax issues, and he is rarely shy about offering advice.

They were joined by Terry McAuliffe, who is running for governor of Virginia, and Ron Kirk, Obama's trade representative.

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November 20, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Bill Clinton books trip to Trump Scotland

Posted at 11:52 AM by Mark Dee

Clinton_colombiaAccording to The Scotsman, former President Bill Clinton has booked a tee time at Donald Trump's Trump International Scotland.

Mr Trump said: “I have just spoken to Bill Clinton and he has told me he is going to be flying to Scotland next summer to play the course.”

The pair have forged an unlikely friendship in recent years, despite holding different political views.

This summer Mr Clinton, who was Democratic president between 1993 and 2001, said Mr Trump had been “uncommonly nice” to him and his wife Hillary, and said he “loved” playing golf with him.

Earlier this week, Trump announced plans to build a second course on the property. According to the report, the first course has received more than 8,000 bookings since it opened for play in July.

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[Photo: President Clinton plays in a pro-am at the PGA Nationwide Tour's Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship in Bogota in February 2012. Getty Images]

November 02, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Alice Cooper says Clinton, Trump bend rules in golf

Posted at 11:17 AM by

Not only has shock-rock legend Alice Cooper confessed to cheating on the golf course, but he pointed the finger at other celebrities as well.

Without getting too specific, Cooper told Q magazine that both Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton have bent the rules:

"The worst celebrity golf cheat? I wish I could tell you that. It would be a shocker. I played with Donald Trump one time. That’s all I’m going to say. President Clinton never had a bad lie in his life, let’s put it that way. It doesn’t matter where the ball goes, when you get there it’s sitting up because there are CIA guys in the woods [moving the ball], you know?”

As for Cooper, a regular on the celebrity pro-am scene, the cheating only goes on during matches with friends, never during tournament play:

“Everybody’s cheated at golf. You might give yourself a better lie, a little nudge here and there. Only when I’m playing with my friends, though. In tournaments I play straight up golf…"


September 06, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Golf brought Obama and Clinton together

Posted at 11:40 AM by Mark Dee

In honor of the DNC, The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza takes a long look at President Barack Obama's odd "friendship" with former President Bill Clinton. And its root? Same as all reluctant partnerships: The course, of course. It started when

Band, who, by reputation, has an acute sense for moments of political advantage, tried to explain that you don’t just call up Bill Clinton and tell him to raise money and campaign for you. Band recommended that the two Presidents begin by playing golf. The next day, Obama phoned Clinton and invited him out for a round. Several Clinton associates say that this was the moment they realized that Obama truly wanted to win in 2012. Why else would he spend hours on a golf course being lectured by Clinton?

The Presidential round was played at Andrews Air Force Base on September 24, 2011, and since then Clinton has become a visible and vigorous champion of Obama’s reelection.

If only we all got a free round just for listening to politicians stump. I'd spend election season at Pinehurst.

January 31, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Hank Haney says Tiger book has 'surprises'

Posted at 12:53 PM by Mike Walker

Hank Haney took issue with recent criticism from Tiger Woods over Haney’s new book about Tiger in an interview with Crain’s Ed Sherman. Woods had called Haney “unprofessional” for writing a book about his six years coaching Woods. Haney’s book The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods comes out in late March.

Were you surprised about Mr. Woods' reaction?

Not really. It seems pretty consistent to how he's reacted to things in the past. I feel like it is a fair and honest book. I know he said it is “unprofessional.” I don't know how you can make a comment like that without reading the book. I think I had an opportunity to write an unprofessional book, but I don't think I did. I feel like I wrote a fair and honest book.

Should he be worried about what's in the book?

Maybe. (Mr. Haney then took a long pause.) The truth is the truth. There are quite a few things in there that people will find as surprises. I just wrote a fair and honest book. I said all along this wasn't going to be a takedown book. People that know me know that's not what I would do.

What did you think about him saying he won't read the book?

He reads everything. If he says (he) won't, that probably will be the first time. It'll be up to him to decide if he's unhappy. I feel like it is very honest.

He reads everything? We’re already learning new stuff about Tiger from Haney’s book and it’s not even out yet.

Struggling Darren Clarke fires caddie who helped him win Open

They don't call him the “Prince of Darkness” for nothing.

The Scotsman’s Martin Dempster reports that Darren Clarke has fired caddie John Mulrooney, who was on Clarke’s bag during his storybook win at the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s.

According to ISM, Clarke’s management company, the split with Mulrooney is amicable and the player will spend some time weighing up his options for a replacement.

Having decided not to play in either Qatar or Dubai, Clarke’s next competitive outing will be the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona at the end of February.

Mulrooney took over as Clarke’s full-time caddie after the former Ryder Cup player won the Iberdrola Open in Majorca last May.

The pair came close to breaking up after it was claimed they had a furious disagreement on the Sunday at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, but they were back on the same wavelength as their partnership worked a treat the following week.

Bill Clinton to play in Nationwide Tour event in Colombia

Fresh off the success of his first PGA Tour hosting gig at the Humana Challenge in Palm Springs, Calif., former President Bill Clinton announced he would take part in the Nationwide Tour’s Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, which begins Feb. 13.

The PGA TOUR, Pacific Rubiales Energy and the William J. Clinton Foundation announced today that President Clinton will travel to Bogota, Colombia in February and attend the Nationwide Tour's Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship. The tournament will be presented by Samsung and will support the Clinton Foundation's work through the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI) in Colombia.

President Clinton will participate in tournament activities, including the Wednesday, Feb. 15th Pro-Am, featuring Nationwide Tour professionals, government officials, Pacific Rubiales executives, clients and guests. It will be the first time a sitting or former president of the United States has attended a Nationwide Tour event.

We’re thrilled that Clinton wants to be part of golf, but if he’s got all this free time, shouldn’t he be replacing Oprah instead?

Surgeon talks about Tiger’s ACL surgery after 2008 U.S. Open

Lee Benson of The Deseret News profiles Park City, Utah, orthopedic surgeon Vern Cooley, the doctor who repaired Tiger Woods’s left knee after the 2008 U.S. Open. Cooley said the surgery, which he performed with his partner Dr. Tom Rosenberg, was a success.

"We've become good friends," says Cooley of Woods, and while Cooley hasn't been consulted about trying to repair Tiger's more recent non-knee troubles, he is of the opinion that his golf career, given Tiger's work ethic and determination, will eventually rebound.

And he's absolutely confident of one thing. That left knee of his was repaired right, and in the right place.  

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January 04, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Britain or Ireland? Rory McIlroy’s Olympic dilemma

Posted at 11:49 AM by Mike Walker

Rory McIlroy is still not sure which country he will play for at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, the first year that golf will be included in the games, according to

Two years ago, the 22-year-old said it would be Great Britain and Northern Ireland if he qualifies for golf's return to the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

But all Northern Irish citizens can opt for Ireland, and the U.S. Open champion now says he doesn't know.

"Basically, if I am going to be very honest, which I usually am, whatever I say is going to upset someone," he said. "So I may as well just say I don't know and wait until four or five years' time, whenever I have to make a decision."

If he is in the world's top 15 at the cut-off point, McIlroy would be guaranteed a place in the 60-strong Olympic field and he is certainly looking forward to the possibility.

For some background on McIlroy’s decision, read Niall Stanage’s fascinating New York Times article “Northern Ireland’s McIlroy Transcends Boundaries” from last summer. 

Bill Clinton reveals his dream foursome, plan for Democrat-GOP cooperation
Former President Bill Clinton is getting ready to host the Humana Challenge PGA Tour event later this month in Palm Springs, Calif., and Phil Roche of The (San Bernardino, Calif.) Sun caught up with Clinton to talk about his dream foursome and how golf could improve cooperation in Washington.

Like most Americans, he doesn't think relations have improved through the years between the GOP and Democrats.

His advice: Tee it up together.

"When you actually see someone as a human being, it's hard to disregard what they have to say," he said. "You might learn something.”

Clinton’s dream foursome is pretty eclectic as well. He actually chose six, one of the perks of power.

Former president Bill Clinton said he would have liked to have played golf with the great English professional, Harry Vardon.

Wouldn't we all?

And add Abe Lincoln and the two Roosevelts (Teddy and Franklin D.) to his wish list.

"Vardon was a smart rascal," Clinton said. "I have two of his first edition books and I read all the others."

The other pros he'd like to play with are Bobby Jones and Sam Snead.

"I never played with Snead," Clinton said. "When he was 82, he said he'd play me and take no more than $1,000 from me."

Officials say Iraq War vet drowned retrieving golf balls from lake
Sad news from the Tampa, Fla., area. An Iraq War veteran –- who received a Purple Heart –- died while SCUBA diving for golf balls to make some extra cash at Sherman Hills Golf Club in Brownsville, Fla. The New York Daily News has the details:

Tampa area search crews on Tuesday recovered the dead body of a diver who went missing while recovering golf balls from a country club lake, authorities said.

David Voiles, 43, an Iraq war veteran who received a Purple Heart after surviving an IED attack while serving with the Tennessee National Guard, was not killed by alligators, as investigators initially feared, but appears to have drowned, medical examiners told local station WTSP.

Local dive teams found him submerged in about 8 feet of water around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, the station said.

The lake's depth was estimated to range between 10 and 25 feet.

Authorities suspect that his breathing equipment may have failed or that he suffered a sudden medical emergency, the station said.

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January 24, 2011

Truth & Rumors: EA Sports says no nudity in Tiger Woods video game

Posted at 2:13 PM by Mike Walker

EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA Tour '11 video game made headlines when the gaming giant revealed the latest version would include Augusta National Golf Club for the first time. Now, however, EA Sports is involved in controversy after a British gamer claimed her avatar in the game went topless. Wired News has the details:

... it appears that videogame giant Electronic Arts may have a similar sort of wrinkle on its hands involving Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11. Jo Eley, who hails from Britain, claims she “spent ages” creating her Tiger Woods custom avatar only to have it suddenly tee off wearing only white pants. (Yup, “she” was topless.)

The Sun has the exclusive story on this, as well as video of the purported avatar in action (large NSFW photos, as you might expect).

EA, for its part, apparently issued a statement to the paper, saying in part: We have extensively investigated and have determined that this situation is not possible through a retail copy of the game. The player model is clearly modified as a result of hacking.


Harrington calls Kaymer ‘most formidable player in world’ when leading

Here’s Padraig Harrington on Martin Kaymer, who won the Abu Dhabi Championship by eight shots with a 24-under 264, according to The Glasgow Evening Times:

“He’s probably the most formidable player in the world when he is leading. He seems to intimidate the rest of the field into believing if he gets in front, he’ll win.”

Retief Goosen was impressed too:

"I've never saw anything above 20-under around here. The course, we were lucky, we didn't have any wind really all week, a bit of rain but no real wind. So if the wind blew like it normally blows over here, I'm probably thinking 15 and under would be the winning score. But yeah, he's killing us."

This is starting to sound familiar.

Unclear if the Man from Hope will save Classic

The Bob Hope Classic was buzzing about news that the PGA Tour was in talks with former President Bill Clinton about a partnership with two Clinton-led charities that would involve the Bob Hope Classic. That Clinton would be a boost to the Hope, which is still one of the Tour’s most enjoyable tournaments despite its star-challenged field, is a no-brainer, but The Los Angeles Times' Bill Dwyer advised caution after talking with tournament director John Foster.

Still, bigger-name players and a title sponsor are needed, and Sunday brought yet another wrinkle. The Desert Sun reported that former President Bill Clinton, an avid golfer, may be interested in using his leverage and that of his foundation to get involved in getting a sponsor and players. The details are unclear, and Foster's body language on the topic pointed to caution.

But can you imagine Clinton calling Mickelson to play in the Hope, and Mickelson saying no?

That may be a work in progress, much like the Bob Hope Classic itself.

Stray Shots: Things we saw while insisting the proper spelling is “Jhonny”...

Former USGA president David Fay is joining Golf Digest as a columnist. Personally, I hate it when estimable publications go tabloid to attract readers. (Via The Austin Statesman)

Some teenagers go bonkers after hitting an unlikely shot at a miniature golf course. Surprisingly, they don’t appear to have girlfriends. (Video via The Huffington Post)

Arnold Palmer’s garage has never once seen an automobile. (Via The Orlando Sentinel)

Why Martin Kaymer’s stint at No. 2 might be short-lived. Remember, Tiger is at Torrey Pines this week. (Via

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