"My new hip should help my handicap"
- 22 Sep 06, 01:07 PM
LONDON - George Bush senior was in jovial form as he bantered with BBC Five Live Sport's John Inverdale at the K Club.
The former US President showed off his Ryder Cup and PGA badges, admitting: "I can’t play golf worth a damn but I've got all these pins going on!"
Bush, 82, used to play off 12 but admitted these days his creaking joints had taken his handicap into "the stratosphere".
Bush, seen here at the K Club with Amy Mickelson (L) and Amy DiMarco, partners of US team members Phil and Chris, said:
"I'm way up in the 20s now, but I'm waiting to get some new body parts - a second hip is arriving soon and that should be worth about 10 strokes."
Bush confessed to playing from the "forward" tees, adding: "I only take part if the guys I'm playing with follow the 'no laughing' rule when I chip."
He told Inverdale his son, who he interestingly refers to as "The President", rarely gets a chance to play because to be seen enjoying a round of golf when you're in the middle of a war on terror does not sit easily with the US media types.
"The press give him hell," Bush senior said. No change there, then.
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