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Eye Opener: Obama's Cabinet Golfing Partner

By Ed O'Keefe

President Obama steers a golf cart with his golfing partner, Vice President Joe Biden, left, as they finish 18 holes at the Fort Belvoir Golf Club together on Father's Day, June 21. (AP)

Eye Opener

Happy Wednesday! As Americans prepare to break away for the holiday weekend, The Eye has golf on his mind. (He's taking his parents and Almost Mrs. Eye to see Tiger Woods at the AT&T National in Bethesda this weekend.)

We also noticed from this past weekend's White House pool reports that Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has spent a significant amount of time with President Obama on the golf course. The president has managed to get in eight visits to the links since his Inauguration and the commerce secretary has joined him twice, making him the only Cabinet secretary we know of to earn the honor. (The White House isn't entirely forthcoming on the details of golf outings and who plays, but Locke's been mentioned twice.)

So is Locke good?

We're told he's played for at least the last 10 years and even started a golf tournament back in Washington State to benefit foster children. Last September's tournament attracted a few of the state's former governors to help raise $530,000 for a foster child college scholarship program.

No word on Locke's swing or handicap, thanks to tight-lipped aides (perhaps unwilling to upstage Obama's golfing skills?) but we know he's joined foursomes stacked with talented White House staffers and Obama friends Eugene Kang and Marvin Nicholson.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | July 1, 2009; 6:35 AM ET
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