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Clinton aims for Obama's seal of approval at golf challenge

Published on Jan 18, 2013 7:49 AM
 
Phil Mickelson hits out of a bunker on the sixth hole during the first round of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation at La Quinta Country Club on Jan 17, 2013 in La Quinta, California. While Mr Clinton's involvement with the Humana Challenge has given the tournament a much needed boost, the former United States (US) president hopes to add further lustre with a visit by President Barack Obama. -- PHOTO: AFP

LA QUINTA, California (REUTERS) - While Mr Bill Clinton's involvement with the Humana Challenge has given the tournament a much needed boost, the former United States (US) president hopes to add further lustre with a visit by President Barack Obama.

Both men are keen amateur golfers and Mr Clinton believes Obama would relish a trip to the California desert to see what the US$5.6 million (S$6.9 million) Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) Tour event is doing away from the course to help raise awareness about health.

Since 1960, the popular pro-am tournament has donated more than US$52 million to Eisenhower Medical Center and a variety of local charities with last year's edition raising a record total of almost US$2.1 million.

"I would like to talk him (Obama) into coming out here," Mr Clinton, whose own charitable foundation linked up with the Humana Challenge last year, told a news conference at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday during the opening round.

 
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