One day after Tiger Woods was asked questions about his relationship with President Donald Trump following the final round of The Northern Trust, the Commander-in-Chief took to Twitter to offer his support.
Woods tied for 40th in the first playoff event at Ridgewood Country Club, and in the wake of a final-round 70 he was asked about his relationship with Trump by New York Times reporter John Branch, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for feature writing.
“I’ve known Donald for a number of years,” Woods said. “We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.”
Woods was asked a follow-up question about his relationship with Trump in light of some of the president’s policies on immigrants. Woods responded in part, “Well, he’s the President of the United States. You have to respect the office.”
Monday morning, Trump sent a tweet to his 54 million followers applauding Woods for how he handled the line of questioning:
The Fake News Media worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn’t want to say. Tiger wouldn’t play the game – he is very smart. More importantly, he is playing great golf again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
Woods is expected to next tee it up this week at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass.