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In pictures: Former president Barack Obama plays a round of golf at St Andrews

Barack Obama tees off at the first hole at St Andrews Golf Club (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Barack Obama tees off at the first hole at St Andrews Golf Club (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

A VERY special tourist teed off at the first hole at St Andrews this morning – former US president Barack Obama.

Obama is enjoying a round at the Old Course, a popular attraction for many visitors from abroad, in front of thrilled onlookers.

 

Obama selects his club (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Obama selects his club (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Former US president Barack Obama speaks with Sir Tom Hunter (black hat) as they move to the next hole (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Former US president Barack Obama speaks with Sir Tom Hunter (black hat) as they move to the next hole (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

 

He’s in Scotland for the first time to attend a dinner tonight set up by Sir Tom Hunter’s charity foundation.

Sir Tom Hunter presents a bottle of Irn-Bru to Obama (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Sir Tom Hunter presents a bottle of Irn-Bru to Obama (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Tickets for tables of 10 went on sale from about £5,000 and quickly sold out.

(Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
(Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Obama and Sir Tom Hunter (right) as they prepare to tee off (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Obama and Sir Tom Hunter (right) as they prepare to tee off (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

 

Profits are to be split between children’s charities in Scotland and the Obama Foundation, set up by the former president and his wife Michelle.

 

Obama salutes the gathering crowd (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Obama salutes the gathering crowd (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Singer Annie Lennox, rock band Texas and comedian Kevin Bridges will provide the entertainment.

Crowds gather (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Crowds gather (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

 

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Barack Obama visits Scotland for the first time today for Edinburgh charity dinner