Trump a golf cheat?

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I sud­denly re­call my an­swer to a query from my son some years back.

His query? “Popsee, can I also play golf like you?”

“Yes, son, but on one condition.”

“What’s the condition?”

“Th at you know how to count…

proper l y.”

“Oh, sure,” says he, purs­ing his lips.

“I’m se­ri­ous, son. In golf, counting is ev­ery­thing.”

I point this out again after I read Zeke Miller’s story the other day on the book, Com­man­der in Cheat: How Golf Ex­plains Trump.

Writ­ten by the em­i­nent Rick Reilly, the book con­tains Pres­i­dent Trump’s al­leged mis­deeds on the golf course.

In an in­ter­view with Miller of the As­so­ci­ated Press, Reilly doc­u­ments “dozens of ex­am­ples of un­der­handed golf be­hav­ior” by Trump, and the “pres­i­dent’s trans­gres­sions talked about by pro golfers and duf­fers alike.”

“In golf, Trump is def­i­nitely not ex­on­er­ated,” Reilly tells Miller. “There’s been dozens and dozens of peo­ple that can de­clare him guilty of cheat­ing.”

Reilly, the for­mer colum­nist of Sports Il­lus­trated, cites a round of Trump in the com­pany of Tiger Woods, Dustin John­son and Fox golf an­a­lyst Brad Faxon in 2017.

Quot­ing Faxon, Reilly says Trump’s of­fenses in­cluded jot­ting down a score that didn’t ac­count for two balls he hit into the wa­ter on one hole.

“I don’t know much about pol­i­tics, but I know golf and it re­ally of­fended me, not as a voter or as a cit­i­zen— just a golfer,” says Reilly, a 4.8 hand­i­cap­per, who ques­tions Trump’s hand­i­cap of 2.8.

Reilly quotes play­ers who ac­cuse Trump, his cad­die and Se­cret Ser­vice agents of reg­u­larly mov­ing his golf balls out of dif­fi­cult lies. He says cad­dies call Trump “Pele” for his pen­chant to kick his ball back onto the f ai r w ay.

Os­car De La Hoya says Trump cheated against him twice in 2016 in the space of two holes. “It was un­be­liev­able,” says he.

Reilly also dis­putes Trump’s claim of 18 club cham­pi­onships tucked un­der his belt.

To prove his point, he has chal­lenged Trump to a round of golf, of­fer­ing $100,000 to a char­ity of the pres­i­dent’s choice.

“No way he can cover that 2.8 hand­i­cap of his,” says Reilly.

But will Trump bite Reilly’s chal­lenge? Ummm.

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