Honest, composed in adversity and a refusal to quit: Obama's golfing partners shed light on the president's best-kept secret – how he performs on the fairways 

January 5, 2015 10:16 AM

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Honest, composed in adversity and a refusal to quit: Obama's golfing partners shed light on the president's best-kept secret – how he performs on the fairways 

And those hoping for a sign of human weakness - such as a club-throwing temper tantrum after pulling a shot left or leaving a putt short - will be sorely disappointed.

According to his fairway companions, the president is an 'honest' stickler for the rules, who never gives up and even makes fun of himself when he hits a duff shot.

One unnamed partner, speaking to the The New York Times, said: 'If you came down from Mars and saw his disposition on the golf course, you would think he would be a pretty good president.

Unlike previous head of state Bill Clinton, who was not above claiming presidential pardons for lost balls, Mr Obama scores every shot he takes, one of his playing partners says.

The president's love of the sport is well-documented - it is estimated he has spent roughly 1,000 hours playing 214 rounds since he was elected in 2008.

But his aptitude for the game has remained something of a secret. Unlike Clinton, who released his scores to the press, Obama's trailing media circus is kept out of sight when he' on the tee.

Another playing partner who spoke to the New York Times suggested Obama's game has come on leaps and bounds - as a few years ago 'he didn't have a picture-perfect swing'.

The claim is backed up by former NBA legend Michael Jordan, a single-figure handicap golfer, who described the president as a 'hack' player - declining to include him in his dream four-ball match.

In an interview last August, he described how he had come agonizingly close to (a 15ft putt) 'breaking 80' - a proud achievement for any amateur golfer.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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