Wednesday 19 September 2018

Rory knows that in golf, Trump is a regular guy

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

There was a fine documentary shown on RTE about five years ago, called You've Been Trumped. It told the story of Donald Trump's efforts to build "the greatest golf course in the world" near Aberdeen, a project which would require the removal of various impediments, including the modest croft occupied by a local man who - according to Trump - "lived like a pig".

It was something of a shock to our delicate European sensibilities at the time, to hear Trump declaring that you couldn't possibly expect millionaires to be looking out of their hotel at this "horrible, horrible slum", a line which would have seemed undiplomatic coming from some corporate shyster in a cartoon - though now that he is the US President, it seems quite normal.

Then again, even at the time, you couldn't really argue that he was saying anything that went fundamentally against the country club ethos which still prevails in the higher echelons of the game of golf - and in some of the lower echelons, too.

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