Trump claimed victory in a senior golf tournament, despite missing the first round of the competition.
He paid his respects to Diamond or “Diamond and Silk” on the first day of the tournament.
Trump, whose company owns the course, was able to substitute in an earlier score.
Former President Donald Trump claimed victory against “a lot of fine golfers” in the Trump International Golf Club’s Senior Championship, despite reportedly missing a day of the tournament to attend the funeral of his mega-supporter Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway.
“A great honor to have won the Senior Club Championship at the Trump International Golf Club, one of the best courses in the country, in Palm Beach County, Florida,” Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth.
According to The Daily Mail, Trump’s competitors were surprised when they turned up at the track on Sunday, only to find that the former president had claimed a five-stroke lead. Trump claimed, according to the report, that an earlier round would count toward his score instead of him missing the start of the tournament.
Trump paid his respects to Hardaway, part of the “Diamond and Silk” duo, during a service for her in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday. In a statement to The Daily Beast, Steven Chung, a Trump spokesman, appeared to confirm the scoring change.
“In addition to being an excellent golfer, President Trump is an even better person,” Chung said in a statement to the publication. He was honored to be in North Carolina on Saturday to celebrate the life of Diamond, a remarkable individual whose legacy will continue to live on.”
For his part, Trump added that he publicly bragged about his exploits because “in a very real way, it serves as a physical exam, only MUCH tougher.”
During his presidency, Trump was known to spend many weekends at his Trump-owned golf courses. On several counts, he played more than President Barack Obama did during his tenure, a fact Trump repeatedly complained about at the time.
Trump’s golfing skills have also been questioned. Sportswriter Rick Reilly turned on the president in a book dedicated to how Trump’s alleged cheating was par for the course for the rest of his personality.
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