I used to have this coach who instructed us, “How you do one aspect is the way you do the entirety. You loaf in practice, you’re gonna loaf in the sport. You cheat to your exams, you’re gonna cheat in your wife.”
I’ve located that to be real with golfing. The man who plays slowly on the course is going to be molasses in conferences. The guy who’s beneficial with compliments on the direction is going to do the identical at dinner. And the guy who cheats on the course goes to cheat in business, or on his taxes or, say, in politics.
Jack O’Donnell worked with Donald Trump for 4 years as VP of Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City. O’Donnell’s dad turned into one of the founders of Sawgrass, the enduring Pete Dye golfing direction near Jacksonville, Fla. “My dad continually advised us to respect the sport,” O’Donnell says. “That’s the only a part of the game that tells me what sort of individual you’re. You play the ball wherein it lies.” So while O’Donnell’s workplace colleague, the past due Mark Eddis, got here again after his first spherical with Trump, O’Donnell couldn’t withstand asking.
“So, does he enhance his lie?”
Eddis checked out him and threw his head returned in laughter. “Every shot but the tee shot.”
Trump doesn’t just cheat at golf. He stings like a three-card Monte provider. He throws it, boots it, and moves it. He lies about his lies. He fudges and foozles and fluffs. At Winged Foot, wherein Trump is a member, the caddies were given so used to seeing him kick his ball again onto the green they got here up with a nickname for him: “Pele.”
“I performed with him once,” says Bryan Marsal, longtime Winged Foot member and chair of the coming 2020 Men’s U.S. Open. “It was a Saturday morning game. We visit the first tee, and he couldn’t be nicer. But then he stated, ‘You see those men? They cheat. See me? I cheat. And I anticipate you to cheat due to the fact we’re going to beat those men nowadays.’… So, yes, it’s genuine, he’s going to cheat you. But I suppose Donald, in his heart of hearts, believes that you’re gonna cheat him, too. So if it’s the same, if all of us’s dishonest, he doesn’t see it as absolutely cheating.”
Okay, however …
1. A) Everybody isn’t. Except for an occasional mulligan on the primary tee and accepting a gimme (a short conceded putt) from an opponent, 85 percentage of informal golfers play by way of the policies, in line with the National Golf Foundation.
2. B) To say “Donald Trump cheats” is like pronouncing “Michael Phelps swims.” He cheats at the very best level. He cheats while human beings are watching, and he cheats once they aren’t. He cheats whether you want it or now not. He cheats because that’s how he performs golf, that’s how he discovered it, that’s how he needs it, and whether you’re his pharmacist or Tiger Woods, if you’re gambling golfing with him, he’s going to cheat.
In fact, he did cheat with Tiger Woods. Not long after becoming president, Trump invited Woods, Dustin Johnson (the No. 1 player within the world at the time), and longtime Tour pro and Fox golfing analyst Brad Faxon to play.
The installation a guess: Faxon and Trump against Woods and Johnson. But due to the fact Woods and Johnson are so preposterously lengthy off the tee, they determined Faxon and Trump should tee off the middle tees. Trump would get a stroke subtracted at the eight hardest holes; each person else would play scratch. Off they went.