Reilly, who worked as a writer for Sports Illustrated and has played golf with the president in the past, questioned over 100 amateur and professional golfers who have played with Trump to recount their experiences on the course.
“To say ‘Donald Trump cheats’ is like saying ‘Michael Phelps swims,” Reilly stated in emphasizing the depth and level of the president’s habits, according to the New York Post.
“He cheats at the highest level. He cheats when people are watching and he cheats when they aren’t,” Reilly writes in his book. “He cheats whether you like it or not. He cheats because that’s how he plays golf.”
“If you’re playing golf with him, he’s going to cheat,” he affirmed.
In his book, Reilly features a variety of strategies the president supposedly uses to artificially bolster his performance, including lying about his scores (noted as the “Trump Bump”) as well as receiving additional help from his caddies — and even Secret Service agents.
“We clearly saw him hook a ball into a lake at Trump National [New Jersey golf course],” the actor recalled of Trump’s swing during their golf match. “And his caddy told him he found it!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2019
The book also addresses Trump’s golf handicap score of 2.8, which would indicate the president is a more skilled golfer than eighteen-time major title champion, Jack Nicklaus who has a score of 3.4, according to the Golf Handicap and Information Network.
“If Trump is a 2.8,” writes Reilly, “Queen Elizabeth is a pole vaulter.”
“Golf is like bicycle shorts, it reveals a lot about a man,” Reilly jokes in his book, implying that Trump’s habits on the golf course could be indicative of his actions off the course.