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NORTON, Mass. -- What do you get when you put Tiger Woods and Michael Bloomberg together on a golf course? How about a pairing that's worth a few billion -- with a b -- dollars.
The world's No. 1-ranked golfer and the New York mayor were part of the first group in Thursday's pre-tournament pro-am at the Deutsche Bank Championship and played 18 holes on a drizzly, wet TPC Boston course.
Playing TaylorMade RBZ irons, Bloomberg's game was squirrelly at best to start, but it turned around as the day went on. He struck several impressive shots; on a couple of back-nine par-3s, he had legitimate birdie putts.
Sporting a shirt from Deepdale Golf Club (Manhasset, N.Y.) -- and eventually a sweater from the same course when the weather turned colder -- as well as a National Golf Links logo bag, the 71-year-old signed autographs and posed for pictures between holes with fans lining the fairways just south of Boston.
The mayor appeared to take his golf seriously. Several times throughout the round he held long discussions with his caddie about club selection and how to play a specific shot.
On a few swings later in the round, Bloomberg appeared to have perfected the Arnold Palmer-esque follow-through as he reached forward following his shot.
But the most pronounced part of his game? That came on the greens, where the Independent noticeably stood unbalanced as he stroked his putts, leaning heavily to his left.