Just got this in an email:

The Pope met with his Cardinals to discuss a proposal from Ariel Sharon,
the Prime Minister of Israel.

"Your Holiness", said one of his Cardinals, Mr. Sharon 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 this 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 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 Mr. Sharon 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 Nicklaus.

"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 Tiger Woods by seven strokes."