Once the sport's dominant player before his career was sidetracked by scandal, Tiger Woods joined US president Barack Obama at the Floridian, a secluded and exclusive yacht and golf club on Florida's Treasure Coast where Obama is spending the long Presidents Day holiday weekend.
The two had met before, but Sunday was the first time they played together.
The White House had prohibited media coverage of Obama's weekend golf outing. The foursome also included Jim Crane, a Houston businessman who owns the Floridian and Major League Baseball's Houston Astros, and outgoing US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, a former mayor of Dallas.
Obama, an avid golfer, also received some instruction on Saturday and played a few holes with Butch Harmon, Woods' former swing coach.
Woods departed after the first 18 holes, but Obama stayed on to play another nine, the report said.
“Just to see the interaction between the two on the range was pretty neat,” Harmon said. “The President said to Tiger: ‘The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It's good to see you play well again.’ You could tell he meant it. It just wasn't a throw it out compliment.”
The president is in Florida while first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are on an annual skiing vacation out West.