Wednesday, April 3, 2019

New Book Review: Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump

                                          Good Day World!

Former Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly really teed off on Trump in his new book: Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump.

Reilly's investigation into Trump's golf habits is a revealing look at a man who has to win at all costs - even if it means cheating.

The author gives dozens of first-hand accounts of underhanded golf behavior by Trump. In one example Trump didn't account for two balls he hit in the water while playing with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson in 2017.

Reilly points out that golf is a game of honor in which individual players act as their own referees, keeping scores and assessing themselves penalties for rule violations.

Trump's cheating was one of the factors that motivated Reilly to write the book.

Reilly quotes players who accuse Trump, his caddie and Secret Service agents of regularly moving his balls out of difficult lies.

In another example, Reilly mentions that while playing at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York the caddies got so used to seeing him kick his ball back on the fairway they came up with a nickname for him: 'Pele,'" the international soccer star from Brazil.

Sports announcer Mike Tirico says Trump once threw his golf ball off the green into a nearby bunker when they played together.
Some of the allegations aren't new.
Boxer Oscar De La Hoya told The AP in 2016 that Trump cheated against him twice in the space of two holes. "Yes, I caught him," De La Hoya said. "It was unbelievable. But I guess it was his course, so it was his rules."
Bryan Marsal, the chair of the 2020 U.S. Open to be played at Winged Foot, told Reilly that Trump began one game with him as a partner by warning: "You see those two guys? They cheat. See me? I cheat. And I expect you to cheat because we're going to beat those two guys today."

Reilly's biggest incentive to undertake the project was because of Trump's "whopper" — repeated over the course of his election campaign and in the White House — that he won 18 club championships.
Reilly could not corroborate a single Trump victory in a club championship, and found the president's tally includes at least one in which Trump never played on the course that day, another in which he counted the inaugural round at a yet-to-be-opened club, and 12 that were "actually senior or super senior club championships."
After reading this book you'll come away with more insight into Trump's world and his obsession of winning at all costs. It's not a pretty picture, but it does present an insight into Trump's twisted little mind.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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