Tiger Woods recounts round with Obama, awaits Match Play 

click to enlarge Tiger Woods of USA plays a shot during practice prior to the start of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on February 19, 2013 in Marana, Arizona. - STUART FRANKLIN/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Tiger Woods of USA plays a shot during practice prior to the start of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on February 19, 2013 in Marana, Arizona.

MARANA, Ariz. — Tiger Woods delivered a State of the Game on President Barack Obama’s golfing prowess and the news wasn’t all bad.

“If he ever spent — after these four years — spent more time playing the game of golf, I’m sure he could get to where he’s a pretty good stick,” Woods said Wednesday.

Woods comes into the Match Play Championship on somewhat of a winning streak. While he revealed very few details about his Sunday round with Obama at The Floridian, he at least made sure everyone knew that they won.

The competition picks up at Dove Mountain, where the first World Golf Championship of the year starts today in what might be frigid weather.

Instead of having President Obama as his partner against Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and outgoing U.S.

Trade Representative Ron Kirk, the second-seeded Woods opens this fickle tournament against Charles Howell III in a match that takes both of them back to their youth.

The last time they faced each other in this format, Woods beat Howell in the quarterfinals of the 1996 U.S. Amateur.

Woods is the only three-time winner of the Match Play Championship, though he hasn’t advanced out of the second round since he last won this event in 2008. The names in the 64-man field have changed over the years.

The strategy has not.

“The whole idea is just to beat one guy at a time,” Woods said. “That’s the thing. There are times where I’ve played well in matches and I’ve lost, and other times where I’ve played poorly and advanced. It’s pot luck in these 18-hole sprints like this.

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