Did Tony or Mike Beat the President?

ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser spent his 65th birthday Saturday playing golf with President Obama. Joining Kornheiser and the President at Virginia’s Fort Belvoir golf course were Mike Wilbon, who partners with Kornheiser on the ESPN show “Pardon the Interruption” and an unidentified fourth golfer.

Kornheiser and Wilbon also had lunch with the President on Friday at the White House. The President is an admitted sports junkie, and both Wilbon and the President have strong ties to Chicago. Kornheiser and Wilbon were longtime Washington Post columnists before being lured away by ESPN.

A scouting report on Kornheiser and Wilbon:

“On a good day Tony shoots in the mid-80s, on a bad day in the mid-90s. He’s pretty relaxed on the course in contrast to Wilbon, who’s wound tighter. But Wilbon is the better golfer, sometimes shooting in the 70s.

“Tony’s swing looks pretty good now” says a sometime golfing partner. “When he started playing his backswing was slow and jerky, like he was swinging by the numbers. He now can hit 200-yard-plus drives; his weakness is chipping around the green. He plays quickly and is good humored when he duffs a shot. I suspect the President had a good time with him.”

How good is the President? Tiger Woods played with him and said he “hit a few good shots” but suggested the President is a better basketball player than golfer.

No word yet on who won Saturday’s match.


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