Barack Obama, an avid golfer who usually shoots in the mid-90s and avoids short cuts, took up the sport when wife Michelle worried about basketball injuries. Obama’s golfing buddies describe his game for Golf Digest:
- Competitive: “He was a beginner, and sometimes he had to take the whupping. But he never liked it,” said Sen. James Clayborne Jr.
- Unflappable: "If he duffs one dead into the woods, there's no cursing. The most excited we get on the golf course is a fist bump," said Marvin Nicholson, a newly appointed Obama assistant.
- Risk averse: "He played percentage golf, always keeping the ball under control," recalls Ian Manners, a former in-law.
- Lucky: "If he went into the trees, it seems like the ball would always bounce out, 50 yards farther up the fairway. I joked with him that if he was as lucky at politics as he was at golf, he'd be president some day," said Manners.