Woods set for Match Play after presidential win

Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:14pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

MARANA, Arizona (Reuters) - Two days after winning a friendly match with his playing partner President Barack Obama, Tiger Woods said he felt in good shape for this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, an event he has won three-times.

The American world number two has not competed on the PGA Tour since clinching his 75th title at the Farmers Insurance Open four weeks ago, taking time off to be with his children before getting down to some serious practice.

"The last couple of weeks, I started getting back into it. The last week really hard," Woods told reporters on Tuesday outside the spacious clubhouse at Dove Mountain's Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. "And playing with Mr. President was pretty cool.

"He's just a wonderful person to be around. We won."

Obama, an avid weekend golfer, and 14-times major winner Woods played together on Sunday for the first time at the exclusive Floridian Yacht and Golf Club, which was surrounded by a cordon of security.

Woods, who lives about an hour south of the Floridian club in Jupiter, said he had been impressed by the quality of Obama's golf.

"He's a pretty good athlete, and as we all know he played a lot of hoops (basketball)," said the 37-year-old American as the wind began to strengthen at Dove Mountain. "He's a lefty, but to see him out there hitting shots, he hit it well.

"And we didn't play under the easiest conditions. He's got amazing touch. He can certainly chip and putt.   Continued...

Tiger Woods of the U.S. laughs during a news conference before a practice round for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament in Marana, Arizona February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan