And Then Phil Gave Barack A Tip...

That's a nod to the late Don Wade's book series and just a joke, as Phil Mickelson only gave President Barack Obama a bunker play tip.

Reports John Strege.

Obama also thanked Phil Mickelson for providing him a tip on bunker play. “I’m pretty sure I can shave at least two or three strokes if I can just get out of the darn sand," he said.

Every member of the U.S. team, including Mickelson and Tiger Woods, were in attendance, as were several members of the International team. Mickelson and his family flew in just for the occasion. Woods is returning to competitive golf on Thursday in the first round of the Quicken Loans National at nearby Congressional Country Club.

The Loop item has numerous photos as well, all crying out for thought bubbles.

Jay Coffin notes this about the President's remarks:

On Tuesday, Obama was flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner, both avid golfers. Obama jokingly introduced them as “two of my favorite golf partners.”

Obama says that he needs strokes from Biden and Boehner when they play, but hopes that the “excellent tip” from Mickelson may help narrow the gap.

Reuters noted the "rare joint appearance" by Boehner and Obama.