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Donald Trump has an ace, but lots of AT&T golf failure

As he does in politics, President Donald Trump likes to make bold statements about his golf game. He once said with incorrect grammar, “There’s very few that can beat me in golf.”

Trump’s statement is false. But if proof is needed, he hasn’t exactly shown his skills at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am — with one exception.

Donald Trump and his pro playing partners have missed pro-am cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am six times.
Donald Trump and his pro playing partners have missed the 54-hole pro-am cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am six times since the president’s debut in 1993.

In 1993, Trump had a hole-in-one with a 5-iron on the 12th hole at Spyglass Hill in 1993, but the former businessman and his pro partners have never made the pro-am cut in six attempts. Trump has played in the event seven times, although on one occasion the tournament was canceled because of poor weather. He hasn’t played in the celebrity pro-am since 2006.

The tournament’s 77th edition begins Monday (Feb. 6) at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore Course).

Although amateurs don’t post their individuals score in the pro-am division of the event, only the team’s score is posted. And Trump’s playing partners haven’t fared particularly well while playing with the new president.

None have been able to help the team twosome qualify for the final fourth round Sunday at Pebble Beach.

The top finisher of the pro-and-Trump partnership was Brian Claar’s tie for 42nd in 2003. Fulton Allem was the second best Trump pro-am partner with a 45th place finish in 1998. Jim McGovern tied for 63rd in 2001. John Cook tied for 53rd in 2006.

Three pros failed to make the individual cut while playing with Trump.

Trump also has a less-than-sterling reputation among other celebrities and pros in the tournament. In a 2015 article in the Washington Post, former sportswriter and author Rick Reilly suggested Trump cheats. Similar opinions have been expressed by actor Samuel L. Jackson and rock star Alice Cooper.

Trump played in the AT&T as a private citizen, but several former presidents and high-ranking politicians have played in the event including Gerald Ford, Dan Quayle, Condoleezza Rice and Jeb Bush.

Clint Eastwood, one of the principle owners of Pebble Beach Compan, has played in the pro-am division many times. In addition to his enduring acting and directing career, Eastwood is a former mayor of Carmel

Here is Trump’s AT&T Pro-Am results at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am:

Year, Trump’s Pro/Team Finish/Pro Finish  
1993, Paul Goydos, missed cut, missed cut.
1998, Fulton Allem, weather cancellation, tie 45th.
2001, Jim McGovern, missed cut, tie 63rd.
2002, Brad Elder, missed cut, missed cut.
2003, Brian Claar, missed cut, tie 42nd.
2005, David Frost, missed cut, missed cut.
2006, John Cook, missed cut, tie 53rd.