Who's he trying to convince?
It was apparently in a round of golf at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on March 28 that former president Donald Trump hit a hole-in-one.
He seemed to be so concerned about confirming the shot, that he felt compelled to issue a statement on his own personal website as well as a video short of him claiming the ball from the cup, on his own social media platform - Truth Social.
The news of the alleged hole-in-one was first announced in a tweet by Tim Swain, Republican candidate for South Carolina.
Following what Trump suggested had been "many people asking" for details, he issued a lengthy statement via his own website, describing the shot - a 181-yard 5 iron into a stiff breeze. The shot was apparently witnessed by his playing partners - former champion golfers Ernie Els, Gene Sauers, Ken Duke and Mike Goodes.
Swain later shared the former president's statement on Twitter too:
Some might question whether this personal news, albeit news that's undoubtedly exciting (if true) is appropriate subject-matter for an announcement from a former president of the U.S. The tweets also drew a fair amount of criticism and cynicism online.
Trump golfed plenty during his presidency
It could be argued that for someone who golfs as much as Trump, he should be responsible for a few hole-in-ones. According to the website Trumpgolfcount.com, he took an estimated 298 golfing trips during his 4-year presidency, and played at least 150 times. There have been numerous allegations of his regular cheating, documented in the book Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump by sports journalist Rick Reilly.
As Reilly puts it in the book:
“If Trump is a 2.8 [handicap],Queen Elizabeth is a pole vaulter.”
According to the National Hole-In-One registry, a hole-in-one is recorded once in every 3,500 rounds played in the USA. Statistics suggest that between 1 and 2% of golfers make a hole-in-one every year, and it seems likely that for someone who golfs as much as Trump does, that he'd have scored at least a few.
What seems suspicious in this case is the lengths that the former president has gone to in order to prove the fact - especially as someone who is as modest has he claims to be, and how much he hates people who brag!
Have you ever scored a hole-in-one on a golf course? Do you believe that Donald Trump did on this occasion, or was it an elaborate plan to get him some publicity? Let me know in the comments section below.