ESPN personality Tony Kornheiser spent his 65th birthday Saturday playing golf with President Barack Obama. Joining Kornheiser and the President at the golf course at Fort Belvoir in Virginia were Mike Wilbon, who partners with Kornheiser on the ESPN show Pardon the Interruption, and an unidentified fourth golfer.
Kornheiser and Wilbon also had lunch with the President on Friday at the White House. The President is an admitted sports junkie, and both Wilbon and the President have strong ties to Chicago. Kornheiser and Wilbon were longtime Washington Post columnists before being lured away by ESPN.
No word on the caliber of golf yesterday, but here’s a scouting report on Kornheiser from a frequent golfing partner:
“On a good day Tony shoots in the mid-80s, on a bad day in the mid-90s. He’s pretty relaxed on the course in contrast to Wilbon, who is wound tighter but capable of playing better than Tony.
“Tony’s swing looks pretty good now—when he started playing his backswing was slow and jerky, like he was swinging by the numbers. He now can consistently hit his drives more than 200 yards; his main weakness is chipping around the green. He plays quickly and takes the game seriously but is good-humored when he duffs a shot. He’s a good companion on the golf course, and I suspect the President had a very good time with him.”