From Bloomberg News:
Biden Says First Golf as President Leaves Course Record Intact
By Jennifer Epstein
April 17, 2021, 10:14 AM PDT
President has been ranked among best political golfers in past
Most recent handicap posted for Biden was 6.7 in 2018
… Biden was ranked one of Washington’s best golfers a few years ago, sporting a single-digit handicap, but took a break during his 2020 campaign for the White House. …
During the 1960 campaign, JFK made fun of Eisenhower for playing golf. But JFK was actually a golf fanatic, so when during the campaign he got an invitation to play superb Cypress Point, he canceled everything to play it and relied on the press to cover it up, which they did. That’s probably less feasible in an era of phone video and social media.
Many other presidents, from William Howard Taft to George W. Bush, have also golfed in office.
The extreme dominance of golf as the Sport of Presidents over the last 110 years is probably something of a small sample size fluke, But it also likely says something about the personalities of the type of likable alpha males who are most likely to become President.
In 2011, Golf Digest ranked Biden the 29th best golfer in Washington, with a 6 handicap. Biden had a 6.7 handicap in the U.S. Golf Association’s GHIN database in 2018, when his most recent scores were posted.
Egomaniacs can keep their handicaps low by not reporting their bad scores.
Biden was 75 years old in 2018.
Obama is 19 years younger but never got close to that handicap despite playing 333 times while in the White House. As far as I can tell, Obama was, in his High WASP manner, scrupulous about recording his scores, which was why he virtually always played a complete 9 or 18 hole round despite the press of business. Only 9 or 18 hole rounds traditionally counted for handicap purposes. Trump, in contrast, would often play 5 or 7 holes then knock off and do something else.
Biden’s claimed 6.7 handicap handicap in 2018 would suggest he might break 80 close to half the time at age 75, which would mean he’d sometimes Shoot His Age, which is an impressive accomplishment for any golfer. On the PGA Tour, 67-year-old Sam Snead, the greatest old golfer of all time, did it. I doubt that Biden has ever legitimately shot his age.
The joke is that nobody gets the joke that Joe Biden is the second most Trump-like man in politics.