Donald Trump cheats on all things big and small. He has a history of not paying the many little contractors who worked on his casinos. He also cheats when he is on the links with Tiger Woods. In fact, the president has made a new sport of winning — no matter how how he accomplishes it. His latest cheat tops them all.
One time he tweeted:
‘I don’t cheat at golf (but Samuel L. Jackson does) with his game he has no choice.’
The president’s USGA handicap index is 2.8, officially, but he rarely posts his scores, only twice since 2016. Travel to the gaudy men’s locker room at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. There on the president’s locker, sits a number of small rectangular brass plaques showing him as the 1999, 2001, and 2009 club championship winner, and the 2012 and 2013 senior champion winner, according to Golf.com.
Then in 2018, POTUS won the club championship once again. What made this so amazing was that Trump did not even play there. The stained wood plaque on his locker reads:
MEN’S CLUB CHAMPION
Of course, Trump had a full-time job — president of these United States. How did he fit a championship game into his schedule? The president, 72, would be an unusual winner given his age — even for a senior club championship or super-senior titles.
As it turned out, Trump was not really the men’s champion at his golf resort. He was the co-champion. Originally, CEO of a New York investment firm MidOcean Partners, Ted Virtue, 58, won the 2018 club championship.
The man occasionally sitting in the Oval Office ran into Virtue at his club. Trump may have been joking when he said:
‘The only reason you won is because I couldn’t play.’
After all, 45 had been in Washington D.C. and feigned job responsibilities. However, he did make 20 visits to Trump International Golf Club during the 2018.
Then, Trump suggested they play a nine-hole challenge match, winner-takes-the-title. That was a rather unconventional path toward a win. What was the guy going to do? Say no? Of course, Virtue accepted. After all, Virtue’s index was 3.3 and his latest scores showed his range from 73 to 83. Trump only posted two scores in the years since 2016.
Trump won, but generously decided it would only be right to show them as co-owners of the title. After all the man owns the course, he is the president, and Trump is definitely not a typical golfer.
Virtue was behind the Academy Award winner for Best Picture in 2018, Green Book.
The two men played match play, which means each hole was its own contest, and straight shot, which means no shots were given. Since this was amateur golf, there was no rules official there. Players are to police themselves and one another if needed. Really? Who would have the nerve to tell Trump he was cheating? After all he controls the Navy, the Army, the Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard, etc.
Trump won. Then, he said:
‘This isn’t fair — we’ll be co-champions.’
Featured image is a screenshot via Golf.com.