Obama honors U.S. Prez Cup team at White House


WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is certain that Phil Mickelson gave him the perfect tip to improve his sand game, one that Obama believes may help shave a stroke or two off his handicap.

Both lefties huddled Tuesday at the White House before Obama honored the U.S. Presidents Cup team for its victory last year at Muirfield Village. Obama has been the honorary chairman of the past two Presidents Cup matches.

“The United States won both times. I’m just saying,” Obama quipped during the East Room ceremony that also included a handful of members of the International Presidents Cup team.

All 12 members of the U.S. team were in attendance. Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and Mickelson are not in the field of the Quicken Loans National at nearby Congressional Country Club but flew in for the festivities. Mickelson brought his entire family and will now head to Europe for vacation.

“I’m not used to seeing these guys in suits,” Obama said.

Tiger Woods was there with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, who was decked out in a bright red dress. Woods and Obama made headlines last year when they played golf together in South Florida.

Photos: Presidents Cup teams visit the White House

Earlier in the day at Congressional, Woods recalled a story from several years ago about meeting Obama in the Oval Office and discussing sports.

“I see these other guys in the room, and they are immaculately dressed,” Woods said. “I said, ‘you know, Mr. President, I think I’d better go.’ He says, ‘OK, well, I’d like you to meet my Joint Chiefs.’

“I felt awful that I’m holding up a Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting because he wanted to talk sports.”

On Tuesday, Obama was flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner, both avid golfers. Obama jokingly introduced them as “two of my favorite golf partners.”

Obama says that he needs strokes from Biden and Boehner when they play, but hopes that the “excellent tip” from Mickelson may help narrow the gap.