Obama hits the fairway for round against Cameron

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WATFORD, England, April 23 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron played a round of golf on Saturday at The Grove, an exclusive course north of London that is due to host the British Masters tournament later this year.

Obama's motorcade traveled 20 miles (32 km) to The Grove for a spot of sport on a cloudy afternoon, continuing his tradition of hitting the fairways with world leaders.

Obama, a keen golfer, is said to have challenged Cameron, better known as a tennis player, to a round before the 2010 Ryder Cup, where U.S. golfers take on their European rivals, according to a report in Britain's Daily Telegraph.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron play the third green at The Grove Golf Course in Hertfordshire, England, Saturday, April 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron ride in their cart from third green at the Grove Golf Course in Hertfordshire, England, Saturday, April 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama chips to the third green as he golfs with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron The Grove Golf Course in Hertfordshire, England, Saturday, April 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
US President Barack Obama (R) lines up a putt as British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) looks on from the 3rd green at The Grove Golf Course near Watford in Hertfordshire, north of London, on April 23, 2016. / AFP / Jim Watson (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister David Cameron putts on the 3rd green during a round with US President Barack Obama at The Grove Golf Course near Watford in Hertfordshire, north of London, on April 23, 2016. / AFP / Jim Watson (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) as they walk onto the 3rd green at The Grove Golf Course near Watford in Hertfordshire, north of London, on April 23, 2016. / AFP / Jim Watson (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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The pair were to dine together later on Saturday at the U.S. ambassador's residence in London, the last scheduled event of a three-day trip which Obama has spent urging Britons to vote to stay in the European Union.

Obama headed to the Grove after a meeting with the leader of Britain's opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn. He had earlier answered questions from young Britons at a town hall event and toured the Globe theater to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Saturday is, when possible, golf day for the U.S. president, who usually plays on Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington, practicing for rounds against world leaders who have in the past included the prime ministers of Malaysia and New Zealand.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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