BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Among those watching the AT&T National on Saturday was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is slowly becoming more than a spectator.
“Golf is a new passion,” she said.
Rice said she took up golf three years ago, and while she played tennis and was a figure skater in her youth, “nothing has captured my imagination like this.” But just like everyone else, mastering the game has taken time.
“I’ve always been good off the tee. I the love the driver,” Rice said in an interview with CBS Sports. “And I love putting. My struggle is everything in between.”
She said she recently established a handicap index for the first time – 21 – although Rice was quick to add that she’s only been playing three years and travels too much to play more.
Her summer goal is to work on her short game. Tournament host Tiger Woods won’t be around to offer a few tips, since he is in a full leg brace in Florida after going through season-ending surgery on his left knee.
Rice said she has met the world’s No. 1 player a few times – she taught at Stanford when he played on the golf team – but they have not seen each other at Stanford since both were at a basketball game in 2000 when the Cardinal defeated Duke.
“Stanford hit a buzzer-beater, and Tiger and I rushed the court,” she said. “That’s our common experience.”