Floridian owner impressed with Obama's game

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President Obama "played well" on Sunday, said Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, who also owns The Floridian and hosted Obama and Tiger Woods.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 | 1:39 a.m.

No official word yet from either President Obama or Tiger Woods about their round of golf on Sunday, but their host is talking.

"We had a big day today," Jim Crane, who owns The Floridian as well as the Houston Astros, told MLB.com, the Major League Baseball website. Crane was the fourth along with Obama, Woods and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

"Well, when you get to play with the President and Tiger Woods in the same round, that's one that doesn't happen every day and it might not happen again," Crane said. "It was a lot of fun. The President was very cordial, and Tiger had a lot of fun and hit some great shots. We had a lot of fun."

Crane said he was impressed with Obama's game.

" played well today," Crane said. "He made some good shots and had some pars, and I think he shot in the 80s.

"The weather was nice and we had fun," Crane added. "I think really enjoyed his visit and we really enjoyed having him in The Floridian, and hopefully we'll have him back some day."

Crane is close to a scratch golfer, but he apparently didn't discuss his own showing with MLB.com. Regardless of how he played on Sunday, he's had a pretty good couple of weeks on the course.

Two weeks ago, he played with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in a big charity event at The Floridian. And last week, he teamed with PGA Tour player Kevin Streelman to tie for third in the pro-am competition at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

"I've had a pretty big week the last couple of weeks," he said, in quite the understatement.

Crane, in case you're wondering, hosted a big fundraiser for Obama last spring in Houston. He bought the Astros last last year, and had purchased The Floridian from former owner Wayne Huizenga in 2010.

Crane also played with Obama on Saturday, with instructor Butch Harmon accompanying the group.