Donald Trump claimed victory in the senior club championship at his West Palm Beach golf club on Sunday — even though he was 600 miles away on day one of the tourney at Diamond’s funeral in North Carolina.
Insiders told DailyMail.com that competitors arriving for day two of the contest on Sunday morning were surprised (although not exactly shocked) to see his name at the top of the leaderboard with a five-point lead over the overnight leader.
He apparently told members that he had played a cracking round on Thursday and that would count as his first day’s score.
It is not the first time he has bent the rules at one of his clubs. And other competitors simply shrugged and settled down to play for second place.
While members of his West Palm Beach golf club played the first round of the seniors championship on Saturday, Donald Trump was at a memorial service for Diamond, one half of pro-Trump boosters Diamond and Silk, in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Yet he was able to declare victory in the tournament on Sunday evening, putting his win down to ‘hitting the ball long and straight’ in what he said was an examination of his physical fitness
That was not enough to stop Trump taking to social media to celebrate his prowess and physical fitness, in what will be seen as a dig at the current resident of the White House.
‘Competed against many fine golfers, and was hitting the ball long and straight,’ he wrote on Truth Social.
‘The reason that I announce this on fabulous TRUTH is that, in a very real way, it serves as a physical exam, only MUCH tougher.
‘You need strength and stamina to WIN, & I have strength & stamina – most others don’t.
‘You also need strength & stamina to GOVERN!’
A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Saturday, while senior members of his club made their way through the first 18 holes of the tournament, Trump was in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at a service for one of half of ardent support duo Diamond and Silk.
Trump’s Thursday round gave him a score of 40 using the Stableford method — which awards one point for bogey, two for par, three for a birdie and so on — five better than Saturday’s best round.
Trump is seen here at his Trump International West Palm Beach golf course earlier this month
The former president has form when it comes to bending the rules at his own courses.
In his book ‘Commander in Cheat,’ writer Rick Reilly once one a senior club championship at his New Jersey club from 87 miles away.
He had apparently forgotten that one of the best players at the club had just reached qualifying age.
‘Having zero chance at beating the guy, he went up to his Trump Philadelphia course on the day of the tournament and played with a friend there,’ wrote Reilly.
‘Afterward, according to a source inside the Bedminster club, he called the Bedminster pro shop and announced he’d shot 73 and should be declared the winner.’
He also described with a raised eyebrow how Trump’s use of forecaddies — who are meant to march ahead of the golfer to spot where balls land — also coincided with drives and approach shots landing in perfect position.
Yet, members of his clubs say Trump is a decent golfer, who packs a decent amount of power.
The golf club, seen here on a preview visit, is a 15-minute drive from his Mar-a-Lago home
And no one is willing to call him out for such antics for fear of losing access to some of the best golf courses in the country.
They often speak in admiring terms of his generosity to members and their families.
On Saturday, he said he paid for the funeral of Diamond, whose real name was Ineitha Lynnette Hardaway.
MyPillow founder Mike Lindell and Lara Trump, wife of the former president’s son Eric, also attended the more than three-hour service.
‘The world has lost one of its brightest stars,’ Trump said. ‘We’ve lost one of our purest hearts and that’s for sure.’
Trump seemed a little bemused at the scale of the memorial.
‘I have a lot of people waiting for me back in a place called Palm Beach, Florida,’ he said at one point, musing on the length of the service.