President Barack Obama’s reverse Midas touch is at work again.
After playing a round of golf with Obama last weekend at the exclusive Floridian golf club, Tiger Woods promptly lost to Charles Howell III, 2 and 1, for the first time in his life in the first round of the Match Play Championship in Arizona on Thursday.
Woods beat Howell in an amateur match play event in 1996. And he had not lost to him since. And after winning the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines to start the season, Woods looked like he was again becoming the golfer who dominated the PGA Tour before his ex-wife found out he had cheated with multiple women in 2009.
Howell told the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman that he had never beaten woods even when playing casually.
This is not the first time bad things have happened to Woods after meeting Obama.
In 2009, seven months after visiting Obama at the White House, Woods’s life changed forever when his wife at the time, Elin Nordegren, intercepted text messages from one of Woods’s many mistresses during the Thanksgiving weekend. Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and had to be treated for injuries (his wife may struck him with a golf club). More of Woods’s mistresses and porn stars came out in the weeks after and the golfer’s life has not been the same since.
The first round of the Match Play Championship was snowed out yesterday, but it seems like Obama is the ultimate “cooler.”