Ernie Els makes waves with Donald Trump



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Ernie Els makes waves with Donald Trump

The Big Easy posted a picture alongside the former president at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. In his social media post, Els said a hole-in-one was carded - and it's believed to be Trump's ace. Els played alongside the former American President, with the four-time major winner writing that it was "fun to watch the ball roll in for a hole-in-one"

Trump has taken credit for the ace. The former president said he was playing with professional golfers Els, Gene Sauers, Ken Duke and Mike Goodes when he made the shot. The 75-year-old issued a statement detailing the ace on the 181-yard 7th hole at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

"Many people are asking, so I'll give it to you now, it is 100% true," Trump is quoted as saying. "I hit a 5-iron, which sailed magnificently into a rather strong wind, with approximately 5 feet of cut, whereupon it bounced twice and then went clank, into the hole."

“These great tour players noticed it before I did because their eyes are slightly better, but on that one hole only, their swings weren’t. “I won’t tell you who won because I am a very modest individual, and you will then say I was bragging – and I don’t like people who brag!” Donald Trump said.

Trump loves golf Trump is a keen golfer and even owns several golf courses. It is estimated that he played golf 298 times during his four-year term as US President. Trump is, however, also a controversial figure, often having been criticised for offensive remarks and maintains that widespread voter fraud was behind his defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidency.

Golfers worldwide were not impressed with Trump's presence alongside Els. However, even Gary Player – a golf legend – has spoken in Trump’s favour. He spoke about him being better than most presidents, at least by 20-25 shots.

Trump had disagreed, adding that he feels he is better than that. That being said, Trump has often shared videos and photos of himself on the course. Sometimes, he has even played a round or two with popular stars like Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Rory McIlroy.

Many of these have been at a course managed or owned by Trump’s organization. Trump’s spokesperson Taylor Budowich tweeted a video that didn’t capture the shot itself but did show Trump retrieving the ball from the hole and being congratulated by his playing partners.

South Africa’s Ernie Els is a four-time Major winner having triumphed at the 1994 and 1997 US Opens and the 2002 and 2012 Open Championship. At 52, he now competes on the PGA Tour Champions. While many on social media questioned Trump’s claim of the perfect fluke, Els himself tweeted: “Great shot on Saturday 45! Fun to watch the ball roll in for a hole-in-one”.