Mr. Trump has been golfing quite a bit these days. In fact, he has spent almost one-third of his presidency at his own properties and has played more golf than former President Obama over the same period. To be exact, Mr. Trump has visited at least one of his properties on at least 112 days of his presidency (most likely with access to a golf course).
In case one might be wondering, LPGA star, Suzann Pettersen, is telling the truth about what it’s like to play golf with Trump. Pettersen told a Norwegian newspaper:
He cheats like hell … so I don’t quite know how he is in business. They say that if you cheat at golf, you cheat at business. I’m pretty sure he pays his caddie well, since no matter how far into the woods he hits the ball, it’s in the middle of the fairway when we get there.’
Pettersen has known Trump for more than 10 years, and before he became president, he often called her at least once a month. She describes Trump as a “very personal contact,” and has played several rounds of golf with him, and Pettersen says he called her twice this past year.
According to Verdens Gang:
‘She has paid lavishly for membership in the club, which exudes old-time golf glory. Neither cash nor credit cards are accepted as payment. Everything goes onto the member’s account.’
As the paper writes, apparently, Trump is also known for:
‘skipping over his final, decisive putt, so there’s no risk of having to add a stroke to his scorecard.’
Pettersen later confirmed this during her interview, saying:
‘Yes, yes, that happens all the time. He always says he is the world’s best putter. But in all the times I’ve played him, he’s never come close to breaking 80.’
‘But what’s strange is that every time I talk to him he says he just golfed a 69, or that he set a new course record or won a club championship some place. I just laugh. I’m someone who likes being teased and I like teasing others, and Trump takes it well, and that must be why he likes me.’
Pettersen congratulated her friend, Trump, on Twitter shortly after he won the election, but this quickly won her a slew of hateful comments. She said:
‘I was only congratulating a friend for winning the presidential election in the United States, which after all is quite something. I would have done the same for another friend who got a new job or a new position. But due to the huge number of negative reactions I removed the tweet. Then, after giving it some thought, I tweeted it back out. Surely I get to congratulate a person I know for that.’
The interviewer pressed Pettersen (aka Tutta), asking her:
‘Lots of people who responded to the tweet wondered how you, as a woman, could give support to someone they consider a misogynist?’
Tutta responded back saying that she doesn’t take everything Trump says literally:
‘I’ve got to know Trump so well that I don’t take everything he says literally. Yeah, you’ll never meet another person who loves himself as much as he does, but I have also met him on another level altogether, before he was president. I know how much he cares. He called me once a month and asked how things were going. It was always about golf. He is totally golf-crazed. Golf is the only thing the man thinks about.’
Tutta was also careful to say that she doesn’t really support Trump’s policy. She said:
‘I’m not a supporter of what he says or stands for. I thought it was very strange during the presidential campaign that he wasn’t smarter about how he communicated. He could have won more easily, but made some blunders with his statements. That’s because he is so stubborn. He has not changed five millimetres since becoming president.’
She said if Trump walked into the room, they would probably begin talking about old golf matches they had played against each other, and then he might proceed to tell the same story he has told 100 times:
‘And then he would say that Celina (Midelfart) was his greatest love. He has told that same story a hundred times … If you would ask her, the story is no doubt completely different.’
Trump also once fired a golf course worker on the spot because he couldn’t see the TV screen clearly from the golf cart because of the sun’s glare, and he felt it hadn’t been adjusted in a timely manner so he told the man:
‘I’ll see you after the round – you’re finished!’
Tutta is pleased that she has stayed in contact with Trump over the years. Most recently, after he became president, they both happened to be in Japan while she was golfing in a tournament and Trump attended a state meeting. He sent word for her to “call me,” but then quickly realized that wouldn’t work because he was the president. He then said:
‘I’ll have my people contact you.’
Before retiring, Pettersen’s goals are to win three more major titles and an Olympic gold medal.
Pettersen tweeted on Tuesday saying she never called anyone “a cheat.”
Here’s how Twitter responded:
Featured image from Verdens Gang.