Criticism of President Donald Trump has gotten so out of hand that some have even gone after him for the way he plays golf.
Being an avid golfer, everyone from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has played with the president. Some have claimed Trump cheats at the game. Golf champion John Daly says different.
Daly played with the president on Monday in Bedminster, New Jersey, and he told TMZ Sports the following day that he doesn’t believe allegations that Trump is a cheater.
“It’s funny how these people say, ‘Does he cheat?’ Well, when he goes out and plays, if he hits a bad shot, he might hit a Mulligan, but he doesn’t count it when we’re playing the match,” Daly said.
Daly says he has met a president who cheats at gold before, but it’s not Trump. The golfer, who won The Open Championship and the PGA Championship, said Bill Clinton was pretty underhanded when he played with him.
“It’s just amazing that people call him a cheat in golf,” Daly said of Trump. “You wanna call a cheat in golf? I’ll tell ya, Bill Clinton, he took a Mulligan on putts, chips, when I played with him. I don’t think Bill Clinton could’ve broken 100. At least the president, Mr. Trump, he can shoot 80. 78 to 84, probably.”
Sportswriter Rick Reilly originally accused Trump of being a golf cheater in a book that touched on Trump’s love of the sport.
“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, that’s how he learned it, and that’s how he needs it, and whether you’re his pharmacist or Tiger Woods, if you’re playing golf with him, he’s going to cheat,” Reilly wrote.
Daly, being a professional at the sport, might have just a tad more experience.
When posting about his golf trip with the president on social media, Daly wrote that he is “proud to be an American” and proud that Trump is the president.
“I’m proud to be an AMERICAN, especially with this man leading our country! One of the greatest days of my life! Thank you for a great day #potus #dad ….you are the best!” he wrote.
Being the professional he is, Daly did have a few pointers for the president.
“He can hit it,” he said about the president. “We gotta work on his short game a little bit. But he hits his driver and his 3-wood absolutely perfect. He doesn’t miss many fairways. We do need to work on his chipping and putting a little bit.”
Daly said Trump is the “second best” president golfer he’s ever played with.
“George Bush Sr. was probably the best president golfer I played with. Trump is probably the second best,” he said.
Trump responded to Daly posting about their golf game together and he called the golf champ a “special guy.”
“Thank you John, you are a special guy!” he tweeted.
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