Trump Stole A Guy’s Golf Ball To Cheat And Win A Match, According To A New Book

CORRECTION: This post has been corrected. Vox has updated their previous post with the following: “In an earlier version of this article, the interviewee mischaracterized the age of Ted Virtue’s son who played golf with Trump. All of Virtue’s sons are at least in their 20s, not child-age. We sincerely regret the error.”

A new book called “Commander in Cheat” by Rick Reilly profiles Donald Trump through his relationship with golf and one gobsmacking anecdote has the twittering classes twittering.

According to an interview Reilly did with Vox, Trump once cheated at golf in order to beat a kid and his father in a meaningless game, going so far as to steal the kid’s ball.

The details are almost too much.
In brief, according to Reilly, Trump once came upon Ted Virtue, a producer of the movie Green Book and his young son golfing at the Trump International golf course near Mar-a-Lago. Trump had been traveling on presidential business during a club championship that Virtue had won and essentially demanded that the man (and his son) play against him for the title saying “you didn’t really win it because I was out of town.”

Trump and the father and son then proceed to play a few holes when Trump knocks his ball into a pond. That’s when things reportedly devolved into cartoon thuggery.

Via Vox:

They get to a hole with a big pond on it. Both Ted and his son hit the ball on the green, and Trump hits his in the water. By the time they get to the hole, Trump is lining up the kid’s ball. Only now it’s his ball and the caddie has switched it. The kid’s like, “Daddy, that’s my ball.”

But Trump’s caddie goes, “No, this is the president’s ball; your ball went in the water.” Ted and his son look at each other confused, not sure if this is really happening. And Trump’s caddie says, “This is the president’s ball. I don’t know what to tell you.”

Trump makes that putt, wins one up, and declares himself the club champion.

The reported act was just so unbelievably petty, even for Trump, that people were shocked.

Others were reduced to memes.

Of course some people weren’t surprised at all. For Trump it was par for the course.