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Crane enjoys round of golf with Obama, Woods

Crane enjoys round of golf with Obama, Woods

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros owner Jim Crane was thrilled Sunday to have an opportunity to play golf with President Barack Obama and golf legend Tiger Woods, both of whom were guests of Crane at his Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City.

"We had a big day today," Crane told MLB.com.

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Obama, Woods and Crane played with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk on a crisp afternoon. Crane said Obama arrived at his resort on Friday after planning for more than a week to play there, and Woods, who lives in nearby Jupiter, was invited to play.

"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."

When asked about Obama's golf prowess, Crane was complimentary.

"He played well today," he 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. I think he really enjoyed his visit and we really enjoyed having him in the Floridian, and hopefully we'll have him back some day."

Crane played with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus at the Floridian two weeks ago in a charity event that saw several big names take part. It was only last week that Crane teamed with PGA pro Kevin Streelman to finish tied for third place at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California.

"I've had a pretty big week the last couple of weeks," Crane said Saturday.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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