Golf is a gentleman’s game that gives players the opportunity to do the scoring themselves. Of course, giving players this kind of responsibility means that some of them choose to cheat.
In his new book, Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump, Rick Reilly claims the president is the world’s biggest golf cheat. Reilly spoke with multiple celebrities, golfers and others who told stories of Trump’s course shenanigans.
According to Reilly, Trump often employs his caddy to help him get a competitive edge. LPGA player Suzann Pettersen told Reilly, “no matter how far into the woods he hits the ball, it’s in the middle of the fairway when we get there.”
Actor Samuel L. Jackson recalled, “We clearly saw him hook a ball into a lake at Trump National. And his caddy told him he found it!”
Other times, according to the book, Trump does the cheating on his own. NBC broadcaster, Mike Tirico remembers hitting the “shot of his life” while playing with Trump. When he got closer to the hole, though, his ball was lying in a bunker. Tirico tells Reilly, “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.’”
These are just three of many stories contained in the book. When asked why he thinks Trump, reportedly a very good golfer, chooses to cheat, Reilly explains, “Golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man.”
You can buy a copy of Reilly’s new book here
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