It's official – Trump is a golf cheat

The Scoop

Suzann Pettersen succeeds where Rory McIlroy failed as she dishes the dirt on Donald Trump's game. Alex Perry has all this and much more in The Slam

You may remember from a previous episode of The Slam when Rory McIlroy played a round of golf with Donald Trump – and I begged him to give us the truth about his game.

Well we had to wait a while, but Suzann Pettersen has come good.

“He cheats like hell,” the two-time major champion told a Norwegian newspaper before really piling in, saying Trump must pay his caddie well because he smacks his ball into the woods and yet it’s always in the middle of the fairway when they get down there.

Remember when McIlroy bottled it by simply describing Trump as a “good golfer for his age”? No such concern for Pettersen.

“What’s strange,” she adds, “is that he has never come close to breaking 80 when I’ve played with him, but whenever I talk to him he says he’s just shot 69, or broken a course record, or won a club championship.”

Well, you know what they say about people who cheat at golf. And if any American who understands golf is still behind him to run the country, then they don’t know golf.

Lonely Day

Jason Day is back in the winners’ circle after an epic play-off win over Alex Noren at Torrey Pines.

The play-off finished on Monday in front of no one but the watching cameras – which made Day saluting the bleachers quite a bizarre spectacle.

It’s like when you were at school playing football and you’re doing knee slides in the corner while your mates carry on playing behind you.

The win was even more impressive given Day had pulled out of the pro-am on Wednesday with a bad back, but the tournament was marred by its lengthy rounds.

From Day teeing off on the 1st hole of his final round to the play-off being suspended was more than 8 hours. A whole working day to play 23 holes – and he didn’t even get a lunch break.

And then there was JB Holmes taking four minutes and 10 seconds to play a single shot. He was basically standing there waiting for the wind to die off – he then hit the worst lay-up you’ve probably ever seen.

But his dawdling led to Noren switching from a hybrid to a fairway wood then almost comically overshooting the green – a shot that ultimately cost him the title.

Look, I can see both sides. On one hand I understand that there is so much riding on it. On the other hand, it’s horrendous sportsmanship.

I know four minutes doesn’t seem a long time, but for a golf shot it’s an eternity. Like when you’re waiting four minutes for your lunch to heat up in a microwave.

Think of all the things you could do in four minutes…

Phoenix fun

And at the time of writing, we have had one round of the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale and there is already so much going on.

First there was the streaker at the famous 16th…

And then this happened…

But this tournament for me is now synonymous with Phil Mickelson’s lipped-out putt for a 59…

I’ve watched that clip a hundred times and each time I see something different. Just in case you were looking for something to do to waste half an hour today…

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