The Masters will begin later in the week and the buzz is spilling over from the green all the way to the White House. Phil Mickelson is one of the PGA darlings, and he played a round of golf with one of the most famous political figures this weekend. Condoleezza Rice was at the site for the Masters this weekend, where she is a member of the Augusta National Golf Club.
Rice picked up the sport eight years ago, but her skills thoroughly impressed the likes of Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and of course Mickelson. In fact, lefty said “She [is] one of the better members on the greens that I’ve seen.” That’s pretty high praise considering Mickelson has seen it all and has a green jacket of his own from a major victory back in 2010. Mickelson is a favorite to win most majors, but this year will be increasingly difficult with Woods and Rory McIlroy both coming into Augusta with a ton of confidence.
Interestingly enough, Rice has managed to stay close with both Mickelson and Woods over the years. Maybe Rice is responsible for the latest rampage that Woods has been on as they both are Stanford Cardinal graduates. Woods and Rice have gained quite the rapport and the former wasted no time saying “I would like to have a few friendly wagers when we go out there to play.”
While Rice will not be on the course when the Masters begin, she could very well be a dominant figure on the LPGA tour. For now, Rice remains an ex-politician who can really swing the club with the best of them.