Presidents Playing Golf: 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional
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Barack Obama was a regular on the hardwood before taking office, but as Commander in Chief he has focused on golf, playing more than 104 rounds since 2009, according to a Republican Web site that tracks how often he plays.
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George W. Bush once gave up golf during office, saying, "I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal." Now out of office, Bush has organized a golf tournament for wounded veterans.
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Bill Clinton has always had an interesting connection to the game. There's a statue of Clinton in Ballybunion, Ireland; he hurt his knee tripping down the steps at Greg Norman's house in 1997; and he hosts the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge.
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George H.W. Bush has a deep family history with golf. Bush's grandfather, George Herbert Walker, was USGA president and inspired the Walker Cup. Bush has served as an honorary chairman of the First Tee and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
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Ronald Reagan didn't play much, and when he did, disaster struck. At an outing at Augusta National, a gunman crashed his car through a gate and held several people hostage while the president was on the 16th hole. The man later surrendered and released the hostages.
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Dwight Eisenhower had a putting green built at the White House, and he was such a frequent guest at Augusta National that he was made a member and even got his own cabin. He became good friends with Arnold Palmer and helped popularize the game in America.
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Gerald Ford, a former Michigan football player, was a fixture at Bob Hope's Tour event, and he often played with the comedian. Ford was known for his erratic drives, leading to his famous quote: "I know I am getting better at golf because I'm hitting fewer spectators."
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Richard Nixon took up the game as a way to spend time with Eisenhower when Nixon was vice president. By Nixon's second term, he had little time for the links as he dealt with Vietnam and Watergate. He retired to his home in California, where friends built him a three-hole course.
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John F. Kennedy kept his love for the game secret after Eisenhower was criticized for playing so much, but Kennedy eventually used the game to his benefit. When he was accused of sneaking away for, ahem, extra curricular activities, aides said he was simply out playing golf.
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