Bob Hope Tournament: Clinton, Norman, Woods and Romo in Top Ten

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Bob Hope Tournament: Clinton, Norman, Woods and Romo in Top Ten
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President Ford, Bob Hope, President Clinton, PGA Tour's Tim Finchem, Scott Hoch, President George H.W. Bush

Bill Clinton played in the Bob Hope Tournament in 1995 as sitting president in an historic five-some that included George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Bob Hope and defending champion Scott Hoch. He recalled the day in an interview with The Desert Sun.  

With his support for the tournament, Clinton follows in the presidential footsteps of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Gerald R. Ford, but he is the first Democrat to forcefully embrace golf since Kennedy.

“All of us had problems with our games,” Clinton recalled in an exclusive interview with The Desert Sun. “I was hitting the ball long and to the right, and George and President Ford were hooking to the right, and they were always joking about how they hadn't hit any spectators yet. It was a bad day for us, but we had the time of our lives.”

A member of the secret service had a better joke about the presidential games. He said Clinton was hitting it left, Bush was hitting it right, and nobody knew where Ford’s ball would go.   

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