JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY – It’s the rare day when 24 of the best golfers in the world – plus their esteemed captains and assistant captains – can gather on the first tee and not be the biggest stars there.
That’s the way it was Thursday at Liberty National Golf Club, where former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama had front-row seats for the opening ceremony and first-round matches at the Presidents Cup.
The three former presidents looked relaxed – there was not a sport coat nor necktie to be found among the three of them. Between matches, they posed for photos together with the Presidents Cup trophy and spent time chatting with the players and their spouses.
Of course there were selfies. Phil Mickelson and Charley Hoffman made sure to get the three former presidents to lean in for their phone cameras.
Though there has been no official announcement, President Donald Trump is expected to attend the Presidents Cup on Sunday.
When Charl Schwartzel hit the opening tee shot in the first match Thursday, the three former presidents were standing just behind him, having left their seats for photos.
And what is the nerves factor for players?
“You’re already nervous. You can’t get that much more nervous,” Brooks Koepka said.
When you can take a selfie with three US Presidents, you do it!! pic.twitter.com/E3pNlZ07gs
— Tim Mickelson (@goodwalkspoiled) September 28, 2017