After you won The Apprentice, were you able to play with The Donald when the show was over?
Well, I never had a chance to play with him. A lot of people think it would be nerve-racking playing with him. But I don’t think it would be intimidating.
What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you on a golf course?
Danny Pino [from CBS’s Cold Case] hit me with a golf ball at a USO Charity Event. I was knocked right off my feet. There’s a picture of him standing with the ball, and I made him sign it. He wrote, “Danny Pino, with guilt and shame.” He said he yelled “fore,” but I didn’t hear it. I’ve only been playing golf for a little more than a year. From what I hear, it’s a rare event. If I got hit again, it would be like being struck by lightning twice. But at least it was for a good cause.
You haven’t been playing very long, but how’s your game?
I’m about a 28 handicap. I’m obsessed. I’m absolutely in love with the game of golf. My dad was an avid golfer. I was originally a tennis player, but one day I tried playing, and I accidentally hit a 7-iron well. I heard this nice, crisp sound, and that’s what did it. The game’s addictive. It’s that one shot that keeps you coming back.
You spent some time with Woody Austin at the U.S. Open. What was he like?
He was so funny, and he’s such a gentleman. I like that he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Some pros, when you meet them up close, they’re so humble and so willing to share their experiences, and Woody takes the cake. He said the best way to lower your score is to work on your putting. But my favorite thing is just to get up there and crush a drive! Woody said, “Don’t watch my putting! I’m the worst putter ever.” But I knew he was joking. I also pulled a Woody Austin once [like his tumble into a lake at the 2007 Presidents Cup]. I was in a creek trying to retrieve my ball, and I fell right in.
Along with your other talents, you also speak Farsi. How do you say, ‘You’re still away’?
“Shomah door hastid.” It means you are far, which is not what you want to hear.