President Trump "Cheats at the Highest Level" on Golf Course: Book

New Book Trump ‘Cheats at the Highest Level’ at Golf		Getty ImagesDYLAN GWINN31 Mar 2019

New Book Trump ‘Cheats at the Highest Level’ at Golf Getty ImagesDYLAN GWINN31 Mar 2019

The book also details Trump allegedly exaggerating or creating facts and figures about his golf courses. He cheats when people are watching and he cheats when they aren't.

According to Reilly, there was one game in which Trump played against former ESPN announcer, Mike Tirico, before the president was elected. The president's playing partner, Fox Sports golf analyst Brad Faxon, reported that Trump's offenses included putting down a score that didn't account for two balls he hit into the water on one hole.

"You've heard so much about it, it's nearly like you want to witness it so you can tell the stories", Faxon is quoted as saying.

Outside of formal tournaments, golf is a game of honour in which individual players act as their own referees, keep their own scores and assess themselves penalties for rule violations.

"To say "Donald Trump cheats" is like saying 'Michael Phelps swims, '" writes Reilly.

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

Reilly quotes players who accuse Trump, his caddie and Secret Service agents of regularly moving his golf balls out of hard lies.

'If Trump is a 2.8, ' Reilly wrote.

But, to his credit, most players say Trump is actually a fairly good golfer for his age and that he actually doesn't need to cheat.

Some of the allegations aren't new.

Even Samuel L. Jackson has witnessed our president's cheating ways: "We clearly saw him hook a ball into a lake at Trump National [Bedminster, New Jersey], and his caddy told him he found it!"

Trump said De La Hoya had "played terribly" when they met in Los Angeles, saying: 'I'm a much better golfer than him'. "It was unbelievable. But I guess it was his course, so it was his rules".

"Golf is like bicycle shorts", Reilly writes.

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Reilly also tells another story in his book that involves Trump claiming that his handicap is a 2.8.

But Rick Reilly's book questions Trump's self-rated handicap.

In October 2014, he tweeted: 'Can you believe that with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.

Trump has played against golf legends, Jack Nicklaus (left) and Tiger Woods (right).

Trump honed his game at Cobbs Creek, a public course outside of Philadelphia, which he later described as full of "hustlers" and where he "learned about everything".

But golfers and other celebs told Reilly otherwise: 'Whether you're his pharmacist or Tiger Woods, if you're playing golf with him, he's going to cheat'.

Reilly has spoken to several players, both professional and amateur, who have shared a course with Trump. They cheat. See me? "I cheat. And I expect you to cheat because we're going to beat those two guys today".

Some of his 17 golf courses have been a recurring media backdrop throughout his Presidency, and he has courted controversy by being the first President choosing to retain his courses and other businesses despite the appearance of a conflict-of-interest. "Bill Clinton was infamous for his 'Billigans" - taking do-over shots openly and without remorse.

Reilly, who has played numerous rounds of golf with Trump firsthand, goes as far as to say the president "shamelessly cheats at golf, lies about it, sues over it, bullies with it, and profits off it".

But after his first year in office White House schedules and press reports revealed he had spent time at a golf resort on 91 out of 365 days.

Reilly said he's issuing Trump a challenge to defend his reputation in a match on a course that he doesn't own refereed by officials - offering $100,000 to the charity of the president's choice.

The caddie spoke to Mr Reilly and said he once placed pro-level player Brian Sullivan in a chokehold during a 2017 Senior PGA Championship at a Trump golf course for disparaging comments about Mr Trump.

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