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Friday’s Other Big Number: Obama Plays 248th Round Of Golf As Market Tanks

President Barack Obama waves to the crowd after his game of golf at Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. The Obamas are in Hawaii for the holidays.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Paul Bedard)  President Obama golf carted closer to his 250th round of golf as president Friday, a day when an even bigger number was making news, the 530-point stock drop.

At the tail end of a 16-day vacation, Obama golf for the 248th time as president, more than most, but a long way from catching other presidents famous for hitting the links like Dwight Eisenhower.

He played the Farm Neck Golf Club with former NBA great Alonzo Mourning, basketball free agent Ray Allen and Cyrus Walker, cousin to Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

They played for four hours, 52 minutes, about average for a round of Obama golf.