Bill Clinton was known to play a round or two of golf during his tenure as President of the United States, so it's not surprising that he came to the defense of golf as a reliable outlet for the Commander-in-Chief during a recent talk show appearance.
"They can always get you if they need you," Clinton said Wednesday on "Late Night with Seth Meyers." "You always have global communication. I had a lot of international phone calls on golf courses."
Clinton will feature prominently at next week's PGA Tour stop, as the Humana Challenge is presented in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. In reflecting on his eight years in office, he pointed out that time on the course often provided a necessary break from the demands of the Oval Office.
"One of the reasons I think presidents like golf is that it takes too much time. You cannot think about anything else," he said. "Sometimes I'd be out there five holes before I hit a good shot, just because I was thinking about all this other stuff."
As for next week's event at PGA West, don't expect the 68-year-old Clinton to be teeing it up in the amateur portion of the competition.
"I'm supposed to go around and meet everybody," he said. "You can't do all that and play golf. It's hard to do. And I'm not any good anymore, besides."