Boehner doesn't try to recruit new golf pal Tiger

BETHESDA, Md. – Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) held his own playing 18 holes of golf with Tiger Woods on Wednesday morning.

The top-ranking House Republican and fellow amateurs Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Dallas businessman Tom Dundon joined Woods in his foursome at the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am portion of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club.

This is Tiger's second time hosting the tournament since AT&T began sponsoring the annual event three years ago to honor men and women in the armed forces; Tiger's dad, Earl, served in the Army special forces.

Boehner enjoyed his first time playing with the world’s greatest golfer.

Even though he spent time talking to Woods during the five-hour round, Boehner told The Hill that he hadn’t tried to recruit Tiger to run for the House — mostly because the 33-year-old is “apolitical.”

Ultimately, Tiger's team came in eight under par, but the final result will not be available until all 52 pro-am teams finish for the day.

Throngs of people trailed the foursome because they were fans of Tiger and Romo.

The mostly non-Capitol Hill crew mistook his smoking two cigarettes per hole for nerves because Boehner seemed cool under the circumstances. While waiting to tee off he chatted with the golf course marshals, some supporters and even this reporter for The Hill.

For his part, Boehner had his ups-and-downs on the course. On several occasions, the seven-handicap shot birdies and many times made par; in other words, he played pretty well.

Pro-am tournaments can be tricky in that the final score is tallied based on the lowest score shot by a team member on individual holes.

At various points during the game, therefore, Boehner would pick up his ball instead of playing it out since he would not have had the lowest score for that hole.

Many spectators were vaguely familiar with Boehner. One man insisted that Boehner was a member from Michigan.

But Boehner was asked for a few autographs. Another man and his son, both dressed in bright orange, called for the minority leader to walk over to the ropes that separated players from spectators to sign their shirts.

“Oh my gosh, that was awesome,” the dad said. “That was John Boehner!”

For the most part, however, the minority leader strutted down Congressional Country Club’s rolling, hilly greens with a signature cigarette in hand.

The leader is an avid golfer and has played in pro-am tournaments with golf great Jack Nicklaus as well as others.