In a golf career that has spanned decades, John Daly has seen presidents and ex-presidents on the links from Gerald Ford to Donald Trump.
And he’s seen enough to poke a hole in one of the biggest stories about Trump’s leisure time out there.
While Trump critics often accuse the commander in chief of cheating at the game, Daly said he knows a much bigger former presidential cheater — Bill Clinton, the known adulterer who was actually impeached in his second term in the presidency.
Daly talked over the Trump golf game in a TMZ interview after spending a day on the course with Trump on Monday at the president’s resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Check out the interview below.
“It’s funny how these people say, ‘does he cheat?'” Daily told TMZ. “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 the match.”
But the point of the presidential game is relaxation, Daly said.
“It’s for him to get away and just kind of take a reprieve,” he said.
Still, Daly said, Trump gets a bad rap.
“It’s just amazing that people call him a cheat in golf. You wanna call a cheat in golf? I’ll tell ya, Bill Clinton, he took a mulligan on putts, chips, when I played with him,” Daly said.
“I don’t think Bill Clinton could’ve broken 100. At least the president, Mr. Trump, he can shoot 80. 78 to 84, probably.”
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Daly’s opinion of Trump’s golf honesty isn’t universal, of course.
Is it possible that Trump has cheated with some golf partners and not others? Of course. But as Daly describes it, Trump isn’t incorrigible (unlike a certain other ex-president).
Regardless of the rumors, it’s important to keep things in perspective.
For every American — Trump supporter or Trump opponent — what the president does in the White House means a heck of a lot more than anything that happens on the links.
“He knows what he’s doing,” Daly said. “People just need to get off his back and let him do his job. He’s just doing it for our country and the people, the legal people of our country.”
And that’s the only game that matters.
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