PARAMUS, NJ – Tiger Woods has done his best to avoid controversy on Sunday when he was asked about his relationship with President Donald Trump after the last round of the Northern Trust.
Woods played golf with Trump, including, having been elected in 2016 and again last year at Thanksgiving with golfers Dustin Johnson and Brad Faxon.
"Well, I've known Donald for a number of years," Woods said during a post-round interview at Ridgewood Country Club. "We played golf together, we ate dinner together, I know him before the presidency and obviously during his presidency."
Tiger Woods ended his first FedEx Cup playoff event in five years on Sunday at the Ridgewood Country Club pretty much how it started – unable to explain a lack of birdies and bad putting when shooting a 1 under par 70.
Bryson DeChambeau crossed to a four-shot win in The Northern Trust on Sunday and moved up on the FedEx Cup stand. He hopes to be a choice for the US Ryder Cup team when Jim Furyk announces three of his decisions during the week of Tuesday.
When he was threatened by some people by Trump and his policies, as well as Wood's seemingly friendly relationship with the president, Woods said: "Well, he is the president of the United States No matter who is in the office, you may not like personality or politics, but we all have to respect the office. "
Asked if he has more to say about the state and discourse of racial relationships Woods said, "No, I just made 72 holes and I'm really hungry."
Woods played golf with former presidents George HW Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the latter both inside and outside the office Something with George W. Bush, but it never came together when the president in his second term played his golf game cutting back.
Like golfers Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Phil Mickelson, Woods has named a mansion after him at Trump's Doral Resort in Miami.