George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, passed away yesterday at the age of 94.
While many U.S. presidents were known to golf, Bush 41 was particularly embedded in the game due to his family’s history: Bush’s paternal grandfather was Samuel P. Bush, an Ohio industrialist who founded the historic Scioto Country Club in Columbus. His maternal grandfather was George Herbert Walker, a former president of the USGA, and the namesake of the ‘Walker Cup’; and finally his father was Prescott Bush, the former U.S. Senator from Connecticut, who also served a term as USGA President.
After his round on Saturday, Tiger Woods was asked about the passing of the former president.
Here’s the transcript:
Q. Do you remember the first time you met George H.W. Bush and what he meant to the game, and what are your fondest memories?
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, I met the president back in — back when I was an amateur, so back when we were practicing in Houston, so it’s been a long time. And I met him on numerous occasions. He was fantastic to be around. He was just one of the smartest people I’ve ever been around, and so down to earth.
Q. You played with him, right, a round?
TIGER WOODS: I did, I did.
Q. Was it one of those fast ones that he liked?
TIGER WOODS: It was one of those very quick ones, 18 holes in probably under two and a half hours.
Q. He loved his golf.
TIGER WOODS: He did.
Q. What do you see as his legacy because he loved the Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup, too?
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, he did. Obviously his name is synonymous with golf. Being around him for all these years and getting a chance to, you know, be around him at Presidents Cup and him being involved in it since its inception in ’94, it’s been — he was such a class act.
Anyone who’s ever been around him knows how much he loved his golf and how much he supported it and how much we’re going to miss him.
Q. Was he faster than you were player-wise, and how fast was he?
TIGER WOODS: It was basically club, ball, one look, gone.