President Donald Trump is basically a pro-golfer and didn’t take any mulligans when playing golf earlier this month with Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican said Tuesday.
“Not one mulligan. Not one,” Graham told reporters about an 18-hole game the two played on Columbus Day. The day of the game, “President Trump shot a 73 in windy and wet conditions!” Graham tweeted Monday.
The president made one birdie, one or two bogeys, and pared all the other holes, he said. They played at the Trump National Golf Club Washington in Sterling, Va., a private par-72 championship course located 30 miles from the White House.
They played from the blue tees and it measured nearly 7,000 yards, Graham said. This would make the course roughly the same length as the course German golfer Bernhard Langer won the Senior PGA Championship earlier this year, according to a report from Golf.com.
Some are still skeptical. Hall of Fame golfer Hale Irwin, 72, has a scoring average of just over 73 in the seven senior tour events he has played this year, Golf.com’s report noted.
Trump’s average drive went 253 yards, approximately the same as Irwin’s, Graham said.
“On the front nine, he shot even par,” Graham said. “On the back nine, he was one over, two over at the most. He had one birdie on the back, and just really hit the ball well. On the front, he made four 10- to 12-footers for par.”
“He hit the ball on the screws almost every time,” Graham said about Trump’s golf swing. “He sets up behind the ball. He has an athletic swing. He goes down and gets it.”
The Washington Post conducted a probe during the presidential election determining whether Trump cheats and takes too many drops during games.
Trump likely liberally used mulligans during a mid-1990s game against Mark Mulvoy, who was an editor for Sport Illustrated at the time, on the sixth hole of Long Island’s Garden City Golf Club, WaPo’s probe found.
This game was held up because of a storm, Mulvoy told reporters, adding that after he got back on the course he found a ball 10-feet from the pin that he didn’t remember seeing before taking cover from the rain.
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