Between art and golf, I’m not sure which is giving former president Bill Clinton a more difficult time in the last couple of days. Either way, whether it’s a portrait of him in a dress or a long time professional golfer calling him a cheater, neither one is a good look for someone who used to be the leader of the free world.
Legendary pro golfer John Daly spoke to TMZ Sports on Tuesday to talk about the round of golf he played with President Donald Trump on Monday in Bedminster, New Jersey. While “Long John,” as he’s known in golf circles, had complimentary things to say about Trump’s golf game, the 53-year-old pro didn’t extend the same sentiment to Clinton.
“It’s just amazing that people call him [Trump] a cheat in golf,” Daly told TMZ Sports. “If you want to call a cheat in golf, I’ll tell you, Bill Clinton, he took a mulligan on putts, chips, when I played with him. I don’t think Bill Clinton could've broke 100. At least the President, Mr. Trump, he can shoot 80. Seventy-eight to 84, probably.”
For those that are golf aficionados, a typical score of par on a full 18-hole golf course is 72. So, for Trump to be shooting between a 78 and 84 at his age, while also never being a pro, is pretty impressive.
Fox News reported:
The cheating claims came from sportswriter Rick Reilly, who took a swing at Trump in a book about the president’s relationship with the sport.
Reilly was stinging in his criticism of Trump in the book, writing: “He cheats at the highest level. He cheats when people are watching, and he cheats when they aren’t. He cheats whether you like it or not. He cheats because that’s how he plays golf, that’s how he learned it, and that’s how he needs it, and whether you’re his pharmacist or Tiger Woods, if you’re playing golf with him, he’s going to cheat.”
Daly spoke earlier in the video about the controversy of whether the president cheats at golf, contradicting the narrative that Reilly — who is a notorious anti-Trump critic following his alleged “retirement” from sports writing — wrote about in his book, “Commander In Chief.”
“It's funny how these people say, 'Does he cheat?’” Daly began. “Well, when he goes out and plays, if he hits a bad shot, he might hit a Mulligan, but he doesn't count it when we're playing a match.”
You can watch the full Daly interview TMZ Sports below:
Before Trump was even elected to the Oval Office, Daly did a 2016 interview with sports journalist Graham Bensinger and pretty much echoed the statement he gave TMZ Sports about Clinton.
Take a look:
So what’s the truth about Trump’s golf game? Should we even care either way?