by Julian Spivey
The world’s greatest golfer will not be teeing off at Augusta National in a few weeks for the Masters Tournament. He’s not currently ranked in the top 100 in the World Golf Rankings or listed in the FedEx Cup points. But there is a golfer in this very country of ours who is so goddamn good that he can win a tournament without even showing up and taking a swing.
That golfer is President Donald J. Trump, the winner of the 2018 Men’s Club Championship at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. Trump adds this honor to the previous championships he won in 1999, 2001 and 2009 and the two senior championships he won at his home (and own) golf course in 2012 and 2013.
We all know that President Trump is an avid golfer. He seemingly has spent more time on the putting greens of this country and other countries than he has in the Oval Office. He was golfing while Florida high school students shot to death in their classrooms were being laid into the ground in 2018. He’s spent time golfing with the two greatest professional golfers of all-time Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, who he probably beat by multiple strokes.
But, despite his avid golfing we know President Trump is a huge opponent of Presidential golfing. He was no fan of President Barack Obama golfing while on the Presidential beat tweeting on 27 different occasions about it, including: “while our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster!” and “We pay for Obama’s travel so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies. Then we pay for his golf.”
President Obama averaged 38 rounds of golf per year during his presidency. President Trump has thus far averaged 81 rounds per year at a reported $91 million cost to taxpayers according to trumpgolfcount.com. But, while Trump plays a lot of golf, he didn’t actually play in the tournament that he won last year.
But, in his club there is a plaque under his name that says, “2018 Men’s Club Champion.”
Golf.com recounts how Trump *earned* this honor.
But, it’s not the first time a World Leader has done something seemingly impossible in the game of golf.
Former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il once carded a round of 38-under par at the Pyongyang Golf Couse, according to himself. Jong Il’s round of 38-under par included an unbelievable – no, it’s quite literally unbelievable – five Aces (holes-in one).
What is it about loopy World Leaders that makes them so great at golf?