One of those arcane rules that I believe is reason #459 why the game's in need of a coolness intervention.
After all, those side pockets are so offensive.
More importantly, what ball is that he's playing?
Phillip Rucker with more than you ever needed to know about Obama's round:
Then it was off to the green for the president-elect, who was joined at the picturesque Olomana Golf Links in Waimanalo by two friends and a political aide, Eugene Kang. The foursome played for five hours at the challenging public course, a par 72, set near the Ko'olau Mountain Range.
Obama, a left-handed golfer, sported black shades and wore a white polo shirt, brown cargo shorts, short white socks and golf shoes. About midway through the course, Obama stopped by the snack bar, where he purchased two hot dogs, two passion-orange sodas, one Powerade and one Coke. He also bought two Spam musubi, a sushi-like Hawaiian delicacy consisting of Spam and fried egg on a slab of rice, all held together with a dried seaweed wrap. (He paid a total of $17.75, but it was unclear whether the president-elect ate a Spam musubi.)
At the clubhouse, Obama unexpectedly bumped into a pool of reporters, who asked how his game was going. He smiled and conceded: "I'm not that good."
When he arrived at the driving range earlier, he spotted the reporters and cameras about 15 feet away on the other side of a fence and said: "Okay, guys, come on. How many shots do you need?"