A Golf Tournament
 
 

The Pope met with his cardinals to discuss a proposal from Benjamin
 Netanyahu, the leader of Israel.

"Your Holiness," said one of the Cardinals, "Mr. Netanyahu wants to
 challenge you to a game of golf to show the friendship and ecumenical
 spirit shared by the Jewish and Catholic faiths."
 
 The Pope thought it was a good idea, but he had never held a golf club
 in his hand. "Don't we have a cardinal to represent me"? he asked.
"None
 that plays golf very well," a cardinal replied. "But," he added, "there
 is a man named Jack Nicklaus, an American golfer who is a devout
 Catholic. We can offer to make him a Cardinal; then ask him to play
 Benjamin Netanyahu as your personal representative. In addition to
 showing our spirit of cooperation, we'll also win the match."
 
 Everyone agreed it was a good idea. The call was made. Of course,
 Nicklaus was honored and agreed to play. The day after the match,
 Nicklaus reported to the Vatican to inform the Pope of the result. "I
 have some good news and some bad news, Your Holiness," said the golfer.
 
 Tell me the good news first, Cardinal Nicklaus," said the Pope.
 
 "Well, your Holiness, I don't like to brag, but even though I've played
 some pretty terrific rounds of golf in my life, this was the best I
have ever played, by far. I must have been inspired from above. My drives
 were long and true, my irons were accurate and purposeful and my
putting was perfect. With all due respect, my play was truly miraculous."
 "There's bad news?" the Pope asked. "Yes", Nicklaus sighed. "I lost to
 Rabbi Woods by three strokes."
 

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