Does Trump Cheat When Golfing?

Does Donald Trump cheat… when golfing that is? That’s the question that is being asked by many lately. Trump is not necessarily known as a rule follower. As he was quoted, “Rules are meant to be broken.” So does he break the rules while on the golf course as well?

Many acknowledge Trump plays fast and loose with the facts. He says whatever he needs to get the win. The man feels the need to always win, no matter the cost. That’s why some love him and others loathe him. In this post we’ll dive deeper into how the 45th president plays golf and some of the tactics he uses to maintain his artificially low score.

In Rick Reilly’s new book Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump, Trump is described as a big time cheat. Reilly in an Associated Press interview said “In golf, he’s [Trump’s] definitely not exonerated… There’s been dozens and dozens of people that can declare him guilty of cheating.” Rick Reilly is a sportswriter who has written for both ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

Some of the tactics used to lower his score or make it comparatively better than others are:

  • Writing in a score that didn’t account for balls that landed in the water
  • Having his caddie and or Secret Service agents move the balls to easier lies
  • Having caddies “find” balls near the fairway that clearly went deep into woods or sunk in water traps
  • Kicking balls back onto the fairway (He developed the nick name Pele at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York, according to Reilly)
  • Throwing fellow golfers’ balls off the green into bunkers and water traps
  • Outright lying about his handicap

Golf is a game of unwritten rules and etiquette of which Trump is known to follow few. Below are some of the claims other golfers make about his deplorable etiquette:

  • Driving his golf cart on the putting green (see video below)
  • Driving his golf cart onto the tee box
  • Playing through anyone in front of him
  • Always hitting first, no matter what
  • Not taking off his hat at the end of a round of golf when shaking fellow players hands

Individuals who have accused Donald Trump of cheating and having poor etiquette:

  • Alice Cooper – When asked about who the worst celebrity golf cheat is for an  interview with Q magazine, Alice Cooper responded “I wish I could tell you that. It would be a shocker. I played golf with Donald Trump one time. That’s all I’m going to say.” As an aside, Cooper also admitted to cheating himself while golfing.
  • Anthony Anderson – While on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Anderson said “Trump is a great golfer. I’m not going to say Trump cheats. His caddie cheats for him.”
  • Oscar De La Hoya – In an Associated Press interview, De La Hoya claims that when playing a round of golf at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles in 2014, Trump asked to join his group and the following occurred, “Donald, what he does is he tees off first, so we go off to our balls and what do we see but Donald Trump right in the middle of the fairway.. He says ‘Hey look, I found my first ball.'”
  • Rick Reilly – In a Washington Post interview said “When it comes to cheating, he’s [Trump’s] an eleven on a scale of one to ten.”
  • Samuel L. Jackson – In an interview, Jackson was asked who is the better golfer himself or Trump. He responded with “Oh, I am, for sure. I don’t cheat.” He also claimed in the same interview that Trump tried to bill him for Trump course membership dues for a course he never was a member of.