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In an interview with Piers Morgan, golf-mad Donald Trump claimed he has hit a whopping seven holes-in-one to date.
An image emerged of the former US President posing alongside Ernie Els, Gene Sauers, Ken Duke and Mike Goodes after supposedly making an ace at the 181-yard par-3 seventh hole of his Trump International course in West Palm Beach a few weeks ago, with Trump issuing a statement to confirm the news.
In it, he said: “Many people are asking, so I’ll give it to you now, it is 100% true. I hit a 5-iron, which sailed magnificently into a rather strong wind, with approximately five feet of cut, whereupon it bounced twice and then went clank, into the hole.
“These great tour players noticed it before I did because their eyes are slightly better, but on that one hole only, their swings weren’t. I won’t tell you who won because I am a very modest individual, and you will then say I was bragging - and I don’t like people who brag!”
Ironically, the 75-year-old is now claiming he has achieved the momentous feat not once but seven times in an interview for the English journalist’s new show, titled 'Piers Morgan Uncensored'.
However, the interview nearly didn’t take place when Trump was handed a list of disparaging comments Morgan has made about him in the past. In fact, Trump was “livid” according to Morgan’s first-person account of the incident and labelling him “disloyal” and “fake”.
“He was almost foaming at the mouth and kept shaking his head slowly and menacingly at me like Don Corleone when he felt he’d been disrespected,” Morgan wrote, before detailing how he managed to save the interview.
“‘I’d love to talk about your recent golf hole-in-one,’ I stammered. ‘Your playing partner Ernie Els was raving about it’.”
“He was? Where?” Trump replied.
Morgan told the former President he had read the comments in a newspaper interview, adding: “He said it was a brilliant shot and you played really well.”
“I did, I did,” said Trump.
Trump was then asked if that was the first time he’s made a hole-in-one, to which he responded: “No. I’ve had seven.”
While Morgan admitted that seemed “implausible”, he was of no mind to question his former friend under the circumstances, instead offering his congratulations on an “amazing” achievement.
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A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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