From an article on a Norwegian website profile of LPGA star Suzann Petterson:
He skips putts, replaces his ball and doesn’t care at all about the rules. But Donald Trump is still a joy to play golf with, his close friend Suzann Pettersen reveals.”
I don’t know anyone who loves himself more than he does,” Pettersen, nicknamed Tutta, tells the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.
It’s a friendship that goes back more than 10 years. They have played several rounds of golf together. Before becoming president, Trump called Pettersen at least once a month. And in the year since he became president, they have met twice.
She likes playing golf with him, even if he does brazenly violate golf etiquette.
“He cheats like hell … so I don’t quite know how he is in business. They say that if you cheat at golf, you cheat at business. I’m pretty sure he pays his caddie well, since no matter how far into the woods he hits the ball, it’s in the middle of the fairway when we get there,” says Pettersen, laughing heartily in the half-full restaurant.
Trump is also known for skipping over his final, decisive putt, so there’s no risk of having to add a stroke to his scorecard.
“Yes, yes, that happens all the time. He always says he is the world’s best putter. But in all the times I’ve played him, he’s never come close to breaking 80,” Pettersen says of the president, who golfs with a 3 handicap.
“But what’s strange is that every time I talk to him he says he just golfed a 69, or that he set a new course record or won a club championship someplace,” she says. “I just laugh. I’m someone who likes being teased and I like teasing others, and Trump takes it well, and that must be why he likes me.”