Did Donald Trump Really Claim He Could Compete on the PGA Tour?
Donald Trump appeared on the Dr. Oz Show yesterday to discuss his health and medical records, and some audience members thought he told Dr. Oz that he believed he was capable of playing golf professionally. CNN, AOL, and other media outlets reported that people who attended the taping said that Trump told Oz that he “is so good at golf he could join the PGA Tour.”
But did he actually make this boast? In watching footage of the episode, it appears that the audience may have misinterpreted something Trump said about President Obama.
When asked about his main forms of exercise, Trump cited what he views as the rigors of traveling on the campaign trail and giving long speeches. “I don’t play much golf though lately,” he told Dr. Oz, adding, “We have a president who plays so much golf he could be on the PGA Tour.”
Trump did brag about having won many club championships and claimed that he is a better golfer today than he was 15 or 20 years ago. He talked about his sometime golf partner Tom Brady, saying that when they play together, he feels “the same age as him.”
The production team at Dr. Oz didn't immediately return GOLF.com's request for clarification.
This isn’t the first time Trump has criticized the president for playing golf while in office. Back in December, Trump made a similar joke, saying, “Two hundred and fifty rounds, that’s more than a guy who plays in the PGA Tour plays. He played more golf last year than Tiger Woods.” (He also repeated this line about the PGA Tour in August, during a speech in which he challenged the president to a golf match to decide the presidency.)
While it is possible that President Obama played more golf than Tiger Woods last year, that wouldn’t be much of a feat. The injured and recovering Woods has been off the PGA Tour and largely off the course since August 2015 and only played 34 competitive rounds total in 2015.
The claim that the president plays as much golf as the average PGA Tour player doesn’t really hold up: most Tour pros log between 80 and 120 rounds a year in competition alone, not counting practice. President Obama notched his 300th round as president in August—but that’s since 2009, when he was sworn in. He has a lot of golf to play if he wants to catch up to the golf-craziest presidents in American history. Woodrow Wilson’s fondness for the links led him to complete a staggering 1,200 rounds while in the White House.