Former President Bill Clinton has a quality golf resume.
He’s played many of the world’s most beautiful courses and says he is particularly fond of Ireland’s links. He’s made a hole-in-one, although he says he never saw the 9-iron shot go into the hole. He’s played with the biggest sports stars in the world – like Michael Jordan – and has teed it up alongside many of the world’s most important people. He even got his handicap down to 10 at one time.
Now, Clinton can add another (dubious?) distinction to his golf career – being interviewed by David Feherty, an event which will air Monday at 10 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.
“What can I say, I like the show,” Clinton tells Feherty.
During Clinton's eight-year presidency, which began in January 1993, he was known for playing golf. He remained active on the links once he left office in early 2001. But he’s had more of a presence within the game over the past year with his involvement in the Humana Challenge, which focuses on getting people to live healthier lives, an initiative which the William J. Clinton Foundation supports. He also played in a Nationwide Tour pro-am in Colombia in February.
While Clinton and Feherty talked plenty about golf, they covered a host of other topics that ranged from the difficulty of keeping focus Inside the Beltway to the difficult challenge of keeping your ball inside the fairway.
Highlights from the political end of the conversation include frames of reference Clinton used to make life-and-death decisions as commander-in-chief; the insatiable need for some people to elevate themselves by destroying the reputations of their rivals; and the impact that race relations and the civil rights movement had on him as a young man, and how those led to his role in helping to bring peace to Feherty’s native Northern Ireland.
“Between the objective challenges you face at home and around the world, and then the grinding of the politics itself, I think the combination of those things tends to age you a little more,” Clinton said. “Most people I know who’ve done it wouldn’t trade the opportunity for anything. I loved the job. I loved every day of it.”
Golf highlights include Clinton’s developing friendship with former President George H.W. Bush. Also, he revisits a surreal round at Ballybunion, when he had to navigate a cemetery and found out that most of the caddies at the course had bet against him.
“Feherty” is part of a big night of programming for Golf Channel. “Down the Stretch” begins at 8 p.m. ET and will give viewers an all-access pass into the final 24 hours of The Players through the eyes of Rickie Fowler and eventual champion Matt Kuchar. “Big Break Atlantis” follows at 9 p.m. ET and will showcase 12 women as they compete for an opportunity to play on the LPGA.