President Donald Trump has posted what may be the best golf score of his life, an incredible 68.
Freelancer sportswriter Leif Skodnick discovered the score, which was posted Wednesday on the USGA’s Golf Handicap and Information Network and refers to a round of played over Easter Weekend.
It’s not known where the score was recorded, but Trump played at his courses in Palm Beach, Florida and in Virginia around that time.
BREAKING: President Trump has posted an 18-hole golf score to @USGA Golf Handicap Information Network for first time this season – a 68(!) on a course with a 75.3 rating/139 slope. pic.twitter.com/yiHKdhIWU9
— Leif Skodnick (@LeifSkodnick) May 17, 2019
According to Golf.com, Trump has never submitted a score in the 60s.
His next best posted score was a 70 from 2013.
Trump has recorded only a few scores since taking office despite playing well over 100 rounds. (According to TrumpGolfCount.com, he has played 175 rounds since taking office)
Trump’s score is particularly remarkable for an amateur considering the difficulty of the course, which had a 75.3 rating. For comparison, Long Island’s Beth Page Black, which is currently hosting the PGA Championship, has a 77.5 rating.
‘This might be the best round of golf by a head of state since Kim Jong Il’s 38-under par performance (with five aces!) at Pyongyang Golf Course,’ Skodnick wrote on Twitter.
Amazingly Trump’s score was 28 strokes better than his last posted score of 96, which came in October.
That 96 could be considered an aberration for someone who claims to have an impressive 1.8 handicap, such as Trump. (A handicap is used in stroke play to allow players of different proficiency to play against each other one equal terms. The USGA handicap is calculated using a specific arithmetic formula that approximates the number strokes above par a given player might be based on his or her ten best scores from their last 20 rounds)
‘It’s important to note that the 96 back in October came on a course with a rating of 68.8 – in other words, someplace not particularly tough,’ wrote Skodnick.
There are other theories as to why Trump’s GHIN profile is reflecting a score of 68 in April.
According to Sports Illustrated, the GHIN website is not secure, so there is a chance that one or more of Trump’s scores could have been posted by someone else. In fact, Trump had a score of 68 improperly entered onto the website in October of 2017 which was later deleted.
The USGA did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail’s request for comment.
Trump recently scored in triple digits on four rounds in May, according to Sports Illustrated, but those scores were not included for the purpose of revising his handicap.
And like his 96 in October, those scores were recorded on courses that were significantly easier than the course where Trump allegedly finished with a 68.
Trump has been repeatedly accused of cheating at golf.
Rick Reilly, a former Sports Illustrated columnist who once played a round with Trump, said the President lied about his score, took unwarranted mulligans, and even credited himself for others’ shots.
‘To say “Donald Trump cheats” is like saying “Michael Phelps swims,”‘ Reilly wrote in his book, ‘Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump.’
Trump once said this about golfing during a campaign rally in August, 2016:
“If I win I may never see my property — I may never see these places again. But because I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go golfing, believe me. Believe me. Believe me, folks.”
Anyone who believed him must be disappointed.
Between 2011 and 2016, Trump tweeted at least 27 complaints, jokes, or scoldings about President Obama playing golf while president.
Trump has now golfed and vacationed more than any other president his first two and half years as president.