Tiger Woods might be the first presidential adviser to ever win the Masters.
President Trump's affection for the golfer shone through on Sunday when he congratulated Woods on Twitter following his historic fifth Masters win — the first major championship Woods has won in more than a decade. The two are reportedly friends and occasional playing partners on Trump's personal golf courses.
Trump often plays with pro golfers. In addition to Woods, he has played with the retired Jack Nicklaus three times since taking office, and has also shared the green with Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, and Lexi Thompson. Most of the time, while out on the course with the pros, Politico reports that Trump steers the conversation toward the "nuances" of the game. After all, he plays competitively with them — a senior Trump administration official said he prefers a "gross scoring" method that doesn't subtract a player's handicap — so concentration is key. But, every once in a while, per Politico, Trump does "solicit the pros' thoughts on politics and policy."
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It's probably not a bad idea to pick their brains, though. Considering how often roles in the White House change these days, it's not inconceivable that Trump could soon have an all-golf pro cabinet — best prepare them just in case. Read more at Politico.
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