Trump accused of being a terrible golf cheat by a new book and people aren't surprised

Trump accused of being a terrible golf cheat by a new book and people aren't surprised

Beyond tweeting, watching Fox News and claiming to be a good president, Donald Trump loves to play a lot of golf.

Whenever the POTUS isn't in Washington DC, he is usually at his Mar-a-Lago complex in Florida, hitting the fairways and if you were to ask him, he'd probably say that he was really good at it.

Yet a new book by author Rick Reilly called Command in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump claims that the president is a notorious cheater at the sport.

Extracts from the book, which features quotes from professional golfers, celebrities and journalists who have played a round of golf with Trump all claim that he often bends the rules in his favour.

Reilly, a former Sports Illustrated columnist who has played golf with Trump writes:

To say ‘Donald Trump cheats’ is like saying ‘Michael Phelps swims'. 

He cheats at the highest level. He cheats when people are watching and he cheats when they aren’t.

He cheats whether you like it or not. He cheats because that’s how he plays golf … if you’re playing golf with him, he’s going to cheat.

Others such as ESPN football commentator Mike Trico have claimed to witness Trump deliberately sabotage their games in order to win.

During one game with Trump, Trico claims to have hit a 230-yard 3-wood towards an elevated green which wasn't visible. If you aren't into golf, let's just say that is a very impressive shot.

Yet when Trico approached the green he couldn't find the ball at all and eventually noticed it sitting in a bunker. Trump's caddy eventually told him:

Trump’s caddy came up to me and said, ‘You know that shot you hit on the par 5?’

It was about 10 feet from the hole. Trump threw it in the bunker. I watched him do it.’

Another fragrant lie that Trump allegedly likes to boast is that he plays off of a 2.8 handicap, which once again is quite astonishing. Jack Nicklaus, considered to be the best golfer of all-time has a handicap of 3.4.

Names such as Samuel L. Jackson, Alice Cooper and Oscar De La Hoya all say that they have seen Trump cheat at golf, whilst pro-golfer Suzann Pettersen believes that Trump's caddy is the one orchestrating the whole thing.

No matter how far into the woods he hits the ball, it’s in the middle of the fairway when we get there.

Whilst these revelations are unlikely to disturb Trump too much (he is reportedly a very good golfer, despite the alleged cheating) the internet can't help but find it amusing and frustrating.

Yes, that last tweet is from George Conway, the husband of Trump's counsellor, Kellyanne Conway.

Anyway, the timing of this release couldn't be any better as Trump is currently playing golf at Mar-a-Lago which is now the 176th day he's played golf since becoming president.

HT New York Post

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