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Obama, Bush And Clinton Help Make The Presidents Cup Something Special

Chris McGonigal
Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton enlivened the opening ceremonies of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept. 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Rob Carr via Getty Images)

The biennial Presidents Cup golf tournament got underway at a course in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Thursday, and a trio on hand for its start more than helped the competition live up to its name.

Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama attended the opening ceremony, posing for lots of pictures at the first tee.

The four-day competition pits a U.S. team against a squad representing other parts of the world, except for Europe. (U.S. golfers square off against their European counterparts in the Ryder Cup, played in the years when the Presidents Cup isn’t held.)

Clinton, Bush and Obama seemed to enjoy themselves as they sat together for opening ceremonies at the Liberty National Golf Club. They also mingled with golfers and tournament officials. Obama got to chat with one-time PGA star Tiger Woods, who is a captain’s assistant for the U.S. team this year.

Since the event began 1994, Clinton is the only sitting president to attend (he did so in 2000).

But not to be outdone on that score, President Donald Trump is expected to attend on Sunday.

Below are more photos of the former presidents hanging out.

As Clinton chats, Bush and Obama are among those listening. (Sam Greenwood via Getty Images)
The three one-time occupants of the White House appeared to enjoy one another's company. (Rob Carr via Getty Images)
Obama waves to the crowd. (Sam Greenwood via Getty Images)
Tiger Woods, a captain's assistant for the U.S. team, talks with Obama. (Rob Carr via Getty Images)
Golfers Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas of the U.S. team pose for a photo with the three ex-presidents. (Rob Carr via Getty Images)
  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.