On Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton played in a professional pro-am for the second time in a month. This time, however, Clinton was able to finish his round.
He competed in the pro-am for the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, the season-opener for the Nationwide Tour. He played in the afternoon wave with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Jose Francisco Arata, the president and executive director of Pacific Rubiales Energy, tournament director German Calle Jr. and Nationwide Tour player and Player Advisory Council member D.J. Brigman.
'President Clinton was great. He interacted with us more than we interacted with him – telling jokes and stories, asking about my life and family. He was a great guy. It was such a memorable experience,” said Brigman, according to PGATour.com.
Clinton arrived in Colombia on Tuesday from Nigeria, an 11-hour flight, after attending another Clinton Foundation function over the weekend.
The 42nd President was in Colombia for the golf but primarily in support of his foundation's Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI) – a beneficiary of the tournament. Clinton and philanthropist Frank Giustra began the initiative in 2007, developing projects in Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Haiti. In Colombia, the initiative aims to further economic development and improve health outcomes in remote areas.
Clinton had been a part of the Saturday pro-am during last month's Humana Challenge. High winds, however, canceled play for the day after Clinton and partner Greg Norman had only played nine holes.
The Wednesday outing marked the first time an American president competed in a Nationwide Tour event. In 1995, Clinton became the first sitting U.S. President to compete in a pro-am on the PGA Tour, when he played alongside former presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford in the Bob Hope Classic.