Top US golfers say they’d jump at the chance to play with Trump

An informal survey by the New York Times establishes 89% of golfers would accept an summon from the president

For many boasts superstars, a date with Donald Trump is beyond the pale. But golfers on the PGA Tour dont seem put over: they say theyd start at the chance to play with the president.

An informal survey by New York Times reporter Karen Crouse at last weeks Genesis Open in LA been demonstrated that 89% of tour musicians would, if asked, accept an invitation to play golf with the president. Merely three of the 56 musicians polled said theyd reject the offering; three declined to answer.

Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy have played golf with Trump in recent weeks, and in early January, Tiger Woods confirmed that hed had the pleasure. Lexi Thompson of the status of women tour has furthermore teed off with Trump.

Els took some flak for played with Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe two weeks ago, but he said he agreed with the summon out of respect. A fortune of my own friends were not for him, Els said afterwards. They kind of needled me a bit, suggesting I was a suck-up. I just said: Run eff yourself. I played with the president and you havent. You cant please everybody.

Els, who grew up in South africans, told the Durations: Im not silly to whats going on. I know this is probably the most polarizing chairman of my hour.[ But] he is the president at the moment. If it was Barack Obama, I would have played. If it was Hillary Clinton, I would have played.

Woods, currently wet-nurse a back harm, was dazzled by the quality of Trumps ball-striking and the largest banter. What most impressed me was how far he hits the pellet at 70 years old. He takes a pretty good lash, Woods wrote on his personal blog. We both enjoyed the bantering, bickering and needling.

The PGA Tours latest phenomenon, the Honda Classic, got under way on Thursday at the PGA National Resort and Spa in West Palm Beach, Florida coincidentally, a stones throw from Trumps National Jupiter golf club. McIlroy played 18 flaws with the president on Sunday at Trump International, a few miles to the south. Trump owns 17 golf courses in the US and around the world.

In May last year, Sports Illustrateds anonymous survey of Americas pro golfers revealed that Trump was promoted, politically, and Hillary Clinton was not even among the women on the LPGA. Forty-four percent of LPGA respondents said they wouldnt be voting for Clinton.

Absolutely fucking not, said one anonymous responder.

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