Arnold Palmer

Obama, Bush, Clinton give Presidents Cup executive buzz

The start of the Presidents Cup gave golf a new Big Three — former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton posing with players and wives on each team in an opening ceremony unlike any other.

It was the first time the Presidents Cup — named after the highest office in the land — has had three U.S. presidents attending the matches together since the event began in 1994.

The U-shaped grandstands around the first tee at Liberty National were at capacity more than an hour before the first tee time Thursday. Most of the players were warming up on the range.

Phil Mickelson, in the fifth and final match, came over early to clasp hands with all three. Then,...