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2011 Masters Tournament Features Surprise Last Minute Entrant [humor]
American Catholic ^ | Thursday, April 7, 2011 | LarryD

Posted on 04/07/2011 2:56:37 AM PDT by veritas2002

The Crushing Burden of Having a Real Life 2011 Masters Tournament Features Surprise Last Minute Entrant

For golf aficionados (of which I am one), the “official” start of the golf season commences today, with the first round of the Masters tournament at Augusta. One of four Majors (the British Open, the US Open and the PGA Championship being the other three), this herald of Spring features the world’s best golfers at one of America’s premiere golf courses. Phil Mickelson seeks to defend his title against a field laden with incredible talent and fierce competitors.

Along with an unexpected last-minute contender. Teeing off at 8:18 AM, with Ben Crenshaw, Brent Snedecker and Kevin Na is none other than… …President Barack Obama.

In what is undoubtedly the surprise sports story of the decade, President Obama worked out a deal with Chairman Billy Payne to participate in this year’s tourney, despite the fact he is not a professional golfer.

At an impromptu press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Payne explained how the decision came about. “On Monday, I received a call from the White House – it was the president. He said he was a big fan of the game, and wanted to come down. At first I thought he just wanted to attend and watch the tournament; but when he started asking if he could get an exemption and actually play…I figured, what the heck. With Tiger playing so badly, I was worried about tv ratings. Having President Obama play will attract a lot of viewers and spark even greater interest.”

With the president joining the field, additional security measures have been added, as well as a few modifications to the rules: Obama gets two mulligans per nine holes He’s permitted to tee off from the forward tees (formerly called the “ladies’ tees”) He gets to use a specially constructed bullet proof golf cart Any putt under a foot from the cup is in the “circle of friendship”, and will be considered a “gimme”. Obama is permitted to carry a “foot wedge” in his bag. Teleprompters will be allowed on the course for the first time in the tournament’s 77 year history. “Purists might be upset with these concessions,” Payne said at his news conference, “but since he’s given the PGA a waiver on Obamacare, I felt it’s only fair we give him a waiver on some of the rules.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was barraged with questions from the press late Wednesday over this development. “Yes, we’re fighting three kinetic military actions. Yes, the government might shut down on Saturday. Yes, gas prices are rocketing. Yes, filming “Jersey Shore” in Italy has been delayed a month. The President is fully aware of all these issues, and believe me, he is so brilliant at multi-tasking, I’m confident that despite all this that’s going on, he’ll still maintain a cool, collected attitude and will not be deterred from going for the green in two on hole 13. You guys are making too big a deal out of this. Just take it easy, okay?”

At which point, the press corps started making their travel arrangements for Georgia.

President Obama took a few moments Wednesday evening to answer some questions before boarding Air Force One; one reporter asked if there was a political angle to his playing the tournament. “There may be some who will label this a political maneuver, seeing as how I just announced that I will seeking a second term as President. Let me be clear – the thought of turning the Masters into a four-day unpaid political ad to further my political career never, ever crossed my mind.”

And when asked why he wants to do this – risk embarrassment or perhaps not make the cut for the final two rounds, Obama answered, “Why am I doing this? I think that green jacket will look nice next to my Nobel Peace Prize. And don’t worry – I’ll make the cut. I’m feeling good about my game.”

When asked if he had chosen a caddy yet, Obama responded, “It’s either going to be Matt Lauer or George Stephanopolous. Who knows – maybe both. Just to tweak CBS.”

Most of the golfers seem non-plussed about Obama’s inclusion. Ben Crenshaw, who’s playing with the president for the first round, took the change in stride. “I mean, come on – he’s the President of the United States,” he said. “I think it will be good for the game. Think about it – if the Masters says ‘no’ to the president, then what? Let the nation think we’re a bunch of racists? No way. Obama playing this weekend will be a big inspiration for all those kids of indeterminate origin growing up in Hawaii, and I think that’s a good thing.”

Chairman Payne thinks it’s a good thing too. “CBS is happy, the golfers are happy, I’m happy. If President Obama can take time out of his schedule to grace us with his presence, and play a few rounds of golf, then who am I to complain? Maybe things really aren’t all as bad as some try to make it out to be, if he’s here in Augusta. I mean, he wouldn’t do this if there were really serious problems, would he?”


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: humor; obama; parody
Rome is burning and this idiot is playing golf. Does anyone think the American electorate will one day wake up? I don't
1 posted on 04/07/2011 2:56:41 AM PDT by veritas2002
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To: veritas2002

What can I say, Obama seems to want to be here, there, everywhere. What an EGO.


2 posted on 04/07/2011 3:01:04 AM PDT by Biggirl ("The Best Of Times, The Worse Of Times", Charles Dickens)
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To: veritas2002

>> Chairman Payne: “I mean, [Obama] wouldn’t do this if there were really serious problems, would he?”


3 posted on 04/07/2011 3:05:03 AM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: veritas2002

This is a Joke, Right?


4 posted on 04/07/2011 3:05:25 AM PDT by DeaconRed (2013 can't get here fast enough! A ZERO will be GONE. .Sooner with help from The Donald.)
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To: veritas2002

Okay...I’m going to believe this is SATIRE...because if it’s true, I’m just gonna go get sick right here at my desk.


5 posted on 04/07/2011 3:05:35 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: veritas2002

Is this a parody?

This can’t be real.

The PGA can go to hell


6 posted on 04/07/2011 3:05:45 AM PDT by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: veritas2002

They had me until I read this paragraph

With the president joining the field, additional security measures have been added, as well as a few modifications to the rules: Obama gets two mulligans per nine holes He’s permitted to tee off from the forward tees (formerly called the “ladies’ tees”) He gets to use a specially constructed bullet proof golf cart Any putt under a foot from the cup is in the “circle of friendship”, and will be considered a “gimme”. Obama is permitted to carry a “foot wedge” in his bag. Teleprompters will be allowed on the course for the first time in the tournament’s 77 year history. “Purists might be upset with these concessions,” Payne said at his news conference, “but since he’s given the PGA a waiver on Obamacare, I felt it’s only fair we give him a waiver on some of the rules.”


7 posted on 04/07/2011 3:07:11 AM PDT by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: veritas2002

The original article is tagged: “humor, parody, Golf, Obama”.

Maybe this posting should be as well?


8 posted on 04/07/2011 3:07:13 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: veritas2002

Please tell me this is a bad joke.


9 posted on 04/07/2011 3:09:26 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: Voter#537

Sure it is....

But it is no joke that this will be TIGER WOODS big comeback weekend!


10 posted on 04/07/2011 3:22:29 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: All

Yes, it is a joke.


11 posted on 04/07/2011 3:22:36 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: hattend

The PGA (of America) has nothing to do with the Masters.


12 posted on 04/07/2011 3:24:30 AM PDT by relictele
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To: veritas2002

This should be in the breaking parody section. Why change the original title?


13 posted on 04/07/2011 3:30:55 AM PDT by NautiNurse (ObamaCare uses Bernie Madoff theory of economics)
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To: veritas2002

Is this real?


14 posted on 04/07/2011 3:35:05 AM PDT by databoss
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To: veritas2002

You have GOT to be freaking kidding me!!!


15 posted on 04/07/2011 3:36:28 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Note: I do NOT capitalize anything I don't respect...like obama and/or islam...but I repeat myself.)
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To: veritas2002

At the bottom of the original article, it says:

“Tags: Golf, Humor, Obama, Parody”


16 posted on 04/07/2011 3:37:25 AM PDT by Puzzleman ("Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government. " -- Edmund Burke)
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To: veritas2002

It was pretty clearly satire once I got here “two mulligans per nine holes” and I don’t know much about golf.


17 posted on 04/07/2011 3:38:58 AM PDT by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: chickadee

Oh, man!!! Not a good thing to post something like this so early in the morning! Ticked me right off and now that I know it ws supposed to be “humorous,” I am even MORE ticked!


18 posted on 04/07/2011 3:39:58 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Note: I do NOT capitalize anything I don't respect...like obama and/or islam...but I repeat myself.)
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To: MestaMachine

Maybe the poster was gulled as well. His/her initial comment appears to be serious. And the title was changed from the original to indicate “outrage”.


19 posted on 04/07/2011 3:45:51 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: veritas2002

Their heads will remain firmly planted in the asses.


20 posted on 04/07/2011 3:49:20 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: veritas2002

This story has to be a spoof.


21 posted on 04/07/2011 3:52:58 AM PDT by stevem
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To: veritas2002

Mulligans and special rules? The “president” is playing the girl among men. And I’m not trying to be mean. He is. No man who is a Man would want to be out there under such conditions. ESPECIALLY if he considered himself a golfer.


22 posted on 04/07/2011 3:58:11 AM PDT by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: TalBlack

Maybe if Charlie Sheen were his caddy.....WINNING!


23 posted on 04/07/2011 4:09:33 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: veritas2002
"...but when he started asking if he could get an exemption and actually play…I figured, what the heck."

Yeah...rules are for the little people. Whatanasshole. Pardon my French.

24 posted on 04/07/2011 4:18:59 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tyrants flourish only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.)
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To: Mrs. B.S. Roberts
They got me. I fell for thisun, hook line and sinker.

Funny stuff.

25 posted on 04/07/2011 4:21:22 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tyrants flourish only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.)
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To: veritas2002
“Yes, we’re fighting three kinetic military actions. Yes, the government might shut down on Saturday. Yes, gas prices are rocketing. Yes, filming “Jersey Shore” in Italy has been delayed a month. The President is fully aware of all these issues, and believe me, he is so brilliant at multi-tasking, I’m confident that despite all this that’s going on, he’ll still maintain a cool, collected attitude and will not be deterred from going for the green in two on hole 13. You guys are making too big a deal out of this. Just take it easy, okay?”

Speaks volumes...

26 posted on 04/07/2011 4:22:37 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: veritas2002

Parody.

Probably written on April 1.


27 posted on 04/07/2011 4:28:59 AM PDT by kjo
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To: Scanian

The Masters is the least of the 4 majors because it’s the only one a golfer can design his game around.


28 posted on 04/07/2011 4:48:39 AM PDT by steve8714 (Firing Federal Bureaucrats would have a 100,000x beneficial effect on the deficit, maybe more.)
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To: Hoodat

This must be an original post from somewhere on the web on April 1. 2011 - it has got to be satire.


29 posted on 04/07/2011 4:50:47 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: hattend

it was the “gimme” that got me. if they were going for ratings, they’d want to have close ups and instant replays for every missed putt.


30 posted on 04/07/2011 4:50:47 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: steve8714

“it’s the only one a golfer can design his game around.”

True, and Woods has done just that.

Which is why I think he will win it.


31 posted on 04/07/2011 4:52:58 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: veritas2002

Why is this in news/activism?


32 posted on 04/07/2011 4:58:21 AM PDT by jtal
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To: veritas2002

with people having to wait until someone dies to advance on the waiting list for a master’s ticket, the boycott is just hot air. Not going to happen. Disclaimer - I find golf a lot less interesting than drying paint, so I don’t understand the fan base at all, but nevertheless, I know that people have waitied decades to get a masters ticket.


33 posted on 04/07/2011 5:03:44 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: veritas2002

I hope this is satire. I have tickets for Sunday and don’t want it spoiled by a showboating zero.


34 posted on 04/07/2011 5:18:41 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Mr. Wright

The thing that first caught my eye in the former thread title (which has since been changed) was the call for a boycott of Masters’ sponsors. It is my understanding that the Masters has no sponsors. And I couldn’t imagine Augusta National ever caving in to any type of political pressure.


35 posted on 04/07/2011 6:12:31 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: Scanian

Woods has lost control of the mental game, so I don’t see him winning. One of the young guns, I think, perhaps.


36 posted on 04/07/2011 8:51:19 PM PDT by steve8714 (Firing Federal Bureaucrats would have a 100,000x beneficial effect on the deficit, maybe more.)
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To: Scanian

Tiger looked a little more like Tiger on Friday. Maybe he can put his 7-iron wielding ex-wife in the rear view mirror, so to speak.


37 posted on 04/08/2011 9:07:16 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: fhayek

I’m not really a Tiger fan but everyone who likes golf realizes Woods attracts a level of interest that nobody else does. In that sense he’s good for golf.

Im sure that most women here will tell us what a pig he is and that’s true enough. But on sheer ability and accomplishment, what can you say? Woods is still the standard that the rest of the guys measure themselves against.


38 posted on 04/09/2011 12:04:09 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

If your private life is a mess, because your mind ain’t right, how wouls you expect your work life to be better?
Woods shat in his drinking water, his life is a good lesson to those coming up.


39 posted on 04/10/2011 8:39:58 AM PDT by steve8714 (Firing Federal Bureaucrats would have a 100,000x beneficial effect on the deficit, maybe more.)
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