Max Key receives global shout out

Last updated 10:44 21/06/2014

US President Barack Obama, John Key and his son Max Key play a round of golf in Hawaii.

John Key, Barack Obama play golf
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Are they discussing foreign policy or the condition of the greens?

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There aren't many 19-year-old Kiwi lads who can boast that they've been name checked by the world's most powerful man in front of the world's media.

But Max Key, son of Prime Minister John Key, was top of US President Barack Obama's mind when he addressed the media after a lengthy meeting at the White House.

Referring to his golf game with Key over the Christmas break, Obama noted that "John's son Max can out drive us both by a substantial amount".

Key said later that Obama and Max got on well.

"He loves Max......when we played golf he just loved the fact that he was a young guy, that he could rib him a bit and he took it in good spirit. His kids are very similar ages."

Obama has two children, like Key, and they both have bolt holes in Hawaii, which is where they caught up for their round of golf.

Key has never said who won the match and Obama kept up the veil of secrey today, saying it would not be appropriate to divulge the scores.

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