Tiger Woods’ back is apparently healthy enough to handle a round of presidential golf.
Early Friday morning, as the country slept off its turkey-induced coma, President Donald Trump happily announced to the world that he had a golf game on the schedule:
After Turkey call I will be heading over to Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter, to play golf (quickly) with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. Then back to Mar-a-Lago for talks on bringing even more jobs and companies back to the USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
(The “Turkey call” he’s referring to has nothing to do with Thanksgiving; in an earlier tweet, he mentioned he would be “bringing peace to the mess that I inherited in the Middle East” via a phone call with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.) We’ll leave the political parsing to you, dear reader (interesting that the president noted he’d be playing “quickly” but still managed to name his partners, just so you’d know) and focus on the golf aspect of this.
Woods has spent most of the last year rehabbing from back surgery, and hasn’t played a competitive, injury-free year of golf since 2013. He’s slated to make his comeback in less than a week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, a small-field event put on by Woods’ own foundation. Playing with World No. 1 Johnson, who can outdrive both Woods and the president with a nine-iron, ought to give Woods a sense of where his game is right now.
Trump and Woods have played together in the past, including a round days before this past Christmas. Trump claims a 2.8 handicap, and his presence in the golf world is substantial; his name adorns well over a dozen clubs, and he’s sought to woo a men’s major to one of his Trump tracks for years. Currently, Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. is slated to hold the 2022 PGA Championship.