He caddied at a local country club and in 1970 caddied for professional golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez when the US Open came to town.
Friedman studied at the University of Minnesota for two years, but later transferred to Brandeis University and graduated summa cum laude in 1975 with a degree in Mediterranean studies.
That year he received a second Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, which cited his coverage of the First Palestinian Intifada. Following the election of Bill Clinton in 1992, Friedman became the White House correspondent for the New York Times.
Friedman covered Secretary of State James Baker during the administration of President George H. In 1994, he began to write more about foreign policy and economics, and moved to the op-ed page of The New York Times the following year as a foreign affairs columnist.
When you live in an open society like London, where anyone with a grievance can publish an article, run for office or start a political movement, the notion that blowing up a busload of innocent civilians in response to Iraq is somehow "understandable" is outrageous.In today's global situation, Friedman is concerned about the United States' lack of independence when it comes to energy.He states, "First rule of oil – addicts never tell the truth to their pushers.Margaret was also a Senior Life Master duplicate bridge player, and died in 2008. From an early age, Friedman, whose father often took him to the golf course for a round after work, wanted to be a professional golfer.He played a lot of sports, and became serious about tennis and golf.In 2004, a visit to Bangalore, India, and Dalian, China, gave Friedman new insights into the continuing trends of globalization and the forces behind the process, leading him to write a follow-up analysis, The World Is Flat (2005).