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President Barack Obama hits the links a lot despite issues abroad, at home

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President Obama looks out from his golf cart while playing on the second hole at the Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard in 2009.

Despite ongoing turmoil both domestically and internationally, the 44th President of the United States has been spending a lot of time on the course. Or should we say, “fore-ty-fourth?”

According to a New York Post analysis, Barack Obama has played 81 rounds of golf in the 628 days since he was re-elected in 2012. Puns aside, he’s on par to double the 104 rounds he played during his first term.

Some critics are unimpressed at the President’s timing of his recent links outings, one of which was just days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down. Others applaud his recreational frolicking, commending the Commander in Chief on seizing important relationship building opportunities.

One of the President’s most famous partners? The one and only Tiger Woods. Wonder if he’d invite Woods out again to help him prepare for a Ryder Cup invite?

Perhaps POTUS would be good for Tiger’s self-esteem; not the best golfer, the President - who golfed at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD, on Saturday - shot deep into the woods on the first hole. Another golfer at Congressional later Instagrammed a photo of the President’s missing ball.

It’s true that even the President needs some downtime, whether on the courts or on the course: “When I need to relax and clear my head, I turn to sports, whether it’s a pick-up basketball game…or more sedate pastimes like golf, or watching SportsCenter,” he said at a White House sports concussions event in May.

When he’s relieved of presidential duties in 2016, it’s likely we’ll see even more of the leader of the free world on the greens.

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