(Source) One morning in the mid-1990s, Mark Mulvoy was on the sixth hole of Long Island’s Garden City Golf Club with Donald Trump when the skies opened, and they ducked for cover under a nearby awning. The rain let up a few moments later, and Mulvoy, then the managing editor of Sports Illustrated, returned to the green. When he got there, he found a ball 10 feet from the pin that he didn’t remember seeing before the storm.
“Who the hell’s ball is this?” he said. “That’s me,” the real estate mogul said, according to Mulvoy.
“Donald, give me a f—— break,” Mulvoy recalls telling him. “You’ve been hacking away in the g—— weeds all day. You do not lie there.” “Ahh, the guys I play with cheat all the time,” he recalls Trump replying. “I have to cheat just to keep up with them.” It’s a story that the current GOP front-runner hotly denies. “I don’t even know who he is,” Trump said when asked about Mulvoy’s account.“I don’t drop balls, I don’t move balls. I don’t need to.” But just as Trump has emerged as a national phenomenon by tearing up the rule book of electoral politics, it appears the mega-developer’s willingness to bend the rules may apply to his philosophy of the links as well.
The Donald is known for describing himself as a man of unbridled accomplishment and success in virtually every area he’s attempted, and his golf game has long been one of his most highly self-touted skills. “I’ve played a lot, and I’ve played well,” he said. “There’s very few people that can beat me in golf.” On multiple occasions during his campaign, he has let voters know that he “killed” Sen. Rand Paul when the two squared off this year. “I could play him a thousand times and never lose to him,” he said. And by all accounts, Trump is a very good golfer. Just maybe not as good as he says he is.
“The worst celebrity golf cheat?” the rock star Alice Cooper said in a 2012 interview with Q magazine. “I wish I could tell you that. It would be a shocker. I played with Donald Trump one time. That’s all I’m going to say.” (“I’ve never played with Alice Cooper,” Trump said. “That’s a terrible thing to say about people, especially me.”)
“Golf is like bicycle shorts: It can reveal a lot about a guy,” said Rick Reilly, the sportswriter who hit the links with Trump for his 2004 book “Who’s Your Caddy?” in which he lugged clubs for several of the world’s best golfers and VIP amateurs. As for Trump? “When it comes to cheating, he’s an 11 on a scale of one to 10,” Reilly said.
First of all this is not even close to a surprise. I feel like all rich powerful guys cheat at golf. Golf is a humbling game, it’s the great equalizer, and the last thing a billionaire wants to do is be humbled, so Donald Trump kicking balls out of the woods or placing balls 10 feet from the hole is probably the least shocking news of all time. Now, with that said, I feel like golf cheating needs an important distinction. Technically whenever I golf I cheat as well. I’ll kick a ball out from under a tree from time to time or take it out of the deep weeds. But I also don’t pretend to be good and half the time I don’t even keep score. I fully admit I’m playing for fun and suck and sometimes I just don’t feel like shooting my 10,000th shot of the day from the deep woods. Or if I hit a ball and cant find it after 5 minutes of looking I’ll drop one in the vicinity of where I think it went. Is that cheating? Technically yes, but like I said, I also don’t go around telling people I’m a scratch golfer.
Donald on the other hand, if this is true, is full blown cheating. If you’re going to keep score, if you’re going to tell people what you shot, you can’t cheat. Maybe you’ll get a couple gimme putts from a few feet away and I’m a firm believer everyone should get two shots on the first tee box but everything else you play straight up. And to be totally honest with you, I don’t know if I can handle a full blown cheater in the White House. People who legitimately cheat at golf are fucking douchebags. All politics aside, if you actually cheat at golf and then walk around telling everyone how good you are, you’re a piece of shit that no one likes. Still take Trump over Rand Paul because a cheater is better than someone who can’t even swing a club but people who genuinely cheat at golf are fucksticks.
Also the real story here is Rick Reilly being relevant again in 2015. He must have been rock hard last night. Sitting by his phone waiting for someone to call and ask for his comment.