Commander in Cheat... is by turns hilarious and shocking. In a game that prides itself on gentlemanly conduct, Trump is exposed by numerous witnesses (most of whom are surprisingly happy to go on the record, a tribute to Reilly’s reporting skills) as a first-class cheat. He moves his ball. He plays the other guy’s ball. He takes gimmes for 6ft putts. He fakes his scorecard. I thought my opinion of the 45th president could not get any lower. I was wrong.
“To say ‘Donald Trump cheats’ is like saying ‘Michael Phelps swims’,” Reilly writes... The best parts of this unrelenting hatchet job, however, are those which focus on his game and, by proxy, his character. Trump breaks the cardinal rules of golf. He drives his supercharged cart onto the green. He doesn’t take his cap off at the end of a round. He prefers to win foul than to play fair. “Somebody who wins club championships from the next state is not a gentleman,” concludes Reilly. “Somebody who makes his caddies cheat for them to earn his tip is not a gentleman. Somebody who bullies and manipulates and yells that his courses are the best in the world is not a gentleman… The truth is, the person in golf Donald Trump cheats the most is himself.”