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President Obama to receive golf lessons from Harmons

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When President Barack Obama heads to Palm City, Fla. this weekend for a golf trip, he'll also be setting some time aside for a lesson or two.

According to a Golf Digest report from Golf Channel contributor Tim Rosaforte, Obama's upcoming visit to The Floridian Golf Club will also include lessons from noted instructor Butch Harmon and his son, Claude III. The Harmons will fly down to the course, where they have already established a learning center, specifically to offer tips to the Commander-in-Chief.

'I've played golf with Ike, Nixon, Ford and President Bush 41,' Butch Harmon explained to Rosaforte. 'I know the President is a real keen golfer ... I'm looking forward to it. It should be fun.'

The President will spend the weekend as a guest of Jim Crane, who owns The Floridian in addition to the Houston Astros baseball team. Crane reportedly received a call last week while participating in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from the President's staff, indicating Obama's interest in visiting his facility.

The elder Harmon, who famously coached Tiger Woods early in his career, appears eager to take on the task of analyzing the President's game.

'He's a left-handed player, I've seen film of his swing before,' he explained. 'It'll be fun getting him down in the learning center, show him stuff in his golf game and see how he takes it to the course.

'He's just like all of us that play golf,' Harmon added. 'He wants to get better.'

 

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