'He cheats like hell' — LPGA pro calls out Trump for his questionable golf game

  • LPGA pro Suzann Pettersen called out President Trump accusing him of cheating on the golf course.
  • The 15-time LPGA Tour winner described Trump's penchant to ask for "gimmes" on the green, as well as his ball's curious habit of always finding the fairway no matter how far into the woods it initially looked off the tee.
  • Pettersen still has a fondness for Trump based on the time they've spent together over the years on the golf course.


People have long been suspect of President Trump's self-proclaimed prowess on the golf course, and a recent interview with LPGA pro Suzann Pettersen added more fuel to those suspicions.

While speaking with the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang, the 15-time LPGA Tour winner Pettersen went into detail of Trump's tendency to fudge the numbers on the golf course, as well as describing his errant drives and their curious habit of always ending up on the fairway.

"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."

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 14: LPGA player Suzann Pettersen of Norway is greeted by Donald Trump prior to the start of the ADT Championship at the Trump International Golf Club on November 14, 2007 in West Palm Beach, Florida (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Golf - RICOH Women's British Open 2015 - Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland - 31/7/15 Norway's Suzann Pettersen on the 6th tee during the second round Action Images via Reuters / Russell Cheyne Livepic
Photographed through the glass of his personal enclosure, U.S. President Donald Trump kisses Norwegian golfer Suzann Pettersen at the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S. July 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Golf - RICOH Women's British Open 2015 - Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland - 30/7/15 Norway's Suzann Pettersen talks with Scotland's Catriona Matthew during the first round Action Images via Reuters / Russell Cheyne Livepic
Golf - RICOH Women's British Open 2015 - Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland - 30/7/15 Norway's Suzann Pettersen tees off at the 3rd during the first round Action Images via Reuters / Russell Cheyne Livepic
22 November 2008: Suzann Pettersen tees off at the 16th hole during the third round of ADT Championship LPGA Playoffs at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Doug Murray /Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 18: LPGA player Suzann Pettersen poses for a portrait prior to the start of the ADT Championship at the Trump International Golf Club on November 18, 2008 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JULY 28: Suzann Pettersen of Norway taking a panoramic picture of the lighthouse from the 9th tee during the 2015 Ricoh Women's British Open pro-am on the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry on July 28, 2015 in Turnberry, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Suzann Pettersen of Norway plays her tee shot at the 4th hole during the second round of the 2007 ADT Championship held at the Trump International Golf Course, on November 16, 2007 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 13: LPGA player Suzann Pettersen of Norway poses for a portrait at the pairings party at the Mar-a-Lago Club prior to the start of the ADT Championship at the Trump International Golf Club on November 13, 2007 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Pettersen also mentioned Trump's reliance on "gimmes" in order to avoid missing a decisive putt.

"Yes, yes, that happens all the time. He always says he is the world's best putter. But in all the times I've played him, he's never come close to breaking 80," Pettersen said. "But what's strange is that every time I talk to him he says he just golfed a 69, or that he set a new course record or won a club championship some place."

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U.S. property mogul Donald Trump holds a golf club during a media event on the sand dunes of the Menie estate, the site for Trump's proposed golf resort, near Aberdeen, north east Scotland May 27, 2010. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN POLITICS - Tags: SPORT GOLF BUSINESS)
Businessman and television personality Donald Trump (2nd L in red hat) and Carolyn Kepcher (2nd R), executive vice president of the Trump Organization, watch the first round of the 105th U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, North Carolina, June 16, 2005. The tournament is being played on the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course. REUTERS/John Sommers II RTW/KS
Donald Trump (L) and professional golfer Natalie Gulbis look down the fairway at the Manhattan Golf Classic on Governors' Island in New York October 22, 2006. REUTERS/Jeff Zelevansky (UNITED STATES)
Donald Trump tosses a golf ball to his caddy after hitting a shot into the rough in a skins match at the Manhattan Golf Classic on Governors' Island in New York October 22, 2006. REUTERS/Jeff Zelevansky (UNITED STATES)
Donald Trump (R) drives his golf cart along the ninth fairway while he watches the final group of the day with an unidentified partner during the first round of the ADT Championship LPGA golf tournament at the Trump International course in West Palm Beach, Florida November 15, 2007. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES)
U.S. property mogul Donald Trump poses next to bagpipers during a media event on the sand dunes of the Menie estate, the site for Trump's proposed golf resort, near Aberdeen, north east Scotland May 27, 2010. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN POLITICS - Tags: SPORT GOLF BUSINESS)
Real Estate magnate Donald Trump (R) plays golf with Scotland's Colin Montgomerie during the opening of his Trump International Golf Links golf course near Aberdeen, northeast Scotland July 10, 2012. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS SPORT GOLF REAL ESTATE)
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U.S. property magnate Donald Trump practices his swing at the 13th tee of his new Trump International Golf Links course on the Menie Estate near Aberdeen, Scotland, Britain June 20, 2011. To match Special Report USA-ELECTION/TRUMP-GOLF REUTERS/David Moir/File Photo
HARRISON, NY - JUNE 9: Donald Trump hits a shot during the pro-am prior to the start of the Buick Classic at the Westchester Country Club on June 9, 2004 in Harrison, New York. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 09: Donald Trump putts on the ninth hole in the pro-amateur Buick Classic at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 7: Tycoon Donald Trump hits out of the second fairway during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on February 7, 2003 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 27: Real-estate mogul Donald Trump (right) and director Ron Howard ride golf cart during the opening celebration for Trump's latest venture, the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
092226.FI.0113.trump.1.LS. Real estate mogul Donald Trump is set to break ground on a luxury housing project at his golf course on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
American businessman Donald Trump eyes his shot off the tee during the ground-breaking ceremony for the Trump International Golf Club, Palm Beach, Florida, 1997. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
American football player Tom Brady (fore) tees off, watched by real estate developer Donald Trump (in red cap), on the course at Trump International Golf Club, Palm Beach, Florida, January 22, 2006. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
View of American football player Tom Brady (seated left) and real estate developer Donald Trump in a golf cart at Trump International Golf Club, Palm Beach, Florida, January 22, 2006. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
Developer Donald Trump poses next to a green side bunker on hole 11 at his new golf course, Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, on Friday morning. Digital image taken on 01/14/05 (Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to play host to members of the U.S. Coast Guard he invited to play golf at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Still, Pettersen has a fondness for Trump, with their relationship being developed on the golf course for many years before the reality show star made a run at the presidency.

"I've got to know Trump so well that I don't take everything he says literally. Yeah, you'll never meet another person who loves himself as much as he does, but I have also met him on another level altogether, before he was president. I know how much he cares."

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