Clinton: Good works ruining his golf game

Oct. 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM
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NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- President Bill Clinton says his travels around the world for his charitable foundation have been bad for his golf game.

Clinton met with a small group of reporters Thursday in his New York office, USA Today reported. He talked about his conversion to a near-vegetarian diet.

The former president now heads the William J. Clinton Foundation. He said the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince was especially tough on his game.

"I'm not very good anymore," Clinton said.

"Haiti just about ruined my golf game. My best year as a golfer was the first year I got out of the White House. I got down to a 10 handicap. But I'm not close to that now. I just don't play enough."

The foundation, the health insurance company Humana and the PGA announced an eight-year agreement to save the pro-am Desert Classic in California's Coachella Valley. The classic, long hosted by Bob Hope, will be renamed the Humana Challenge.

Clinton said he is down 25 pounds from his 2008 weight and his eating habits have changed since his McDonald's trips were fodder for late-night comics. He said any U.S. citizen who wants to help cut the budget should adopt a healthier lifestyle.

"I basically don't eat meat or dairy and rarely eat fish," he said. "My daughter, who was a vegetarian most of her life, beats up on me to eat more fish every now and then. She says all the pills I take won't give me enough of what I need."

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