But now comes a new perspective.
Suzann Pettersen, a 15-time winner on the LPGA Tour and a frequent playing partner of Trump’s, gave an interview to Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang in which she talked about her friendship with the president … and she didn’t hold back in her assessment of his game.
“He cheats like hell,” Pettersen said, “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.”
The newspaper notes that Pettersen was “laughing heartily” as she spoke, so spin that however you wish.
Pettersen also noted that Trump picked up the final putt of every round she’d played with him, avoiding that one extra stroke.
“He always says he is the world’s best putter,” she said. “But in all the times I’ve played him, he’s never come close to breaking 80.”