Obama hits the fairway for round against Cameron

President Obama lands private helicopter in Queen's garden
President Obama lands private helicopter in Queen's garden

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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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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