BOSTON, Mass – Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States and an avid golfer who maintains about a 5 handicap, will participate in the LIV Golf Invitational Team Championship Pro-Am scheduled Thursday Oct. 27 at the course he owns in Miami – Trump National Doral – which also happens to be the final event on 2022 LIV Golf calendar.
Trump National Doral will host the LIV Golf Team Championship Oct. 28-30, comprised of 48 players and 12 teams playing for a record purse of $50 million with the four-man winning team splitting $16 million. The par 72 famed Blue Monster course will stretch out to 7,702 yards and the shotgun start will begin each day at 12:15 p.m. The public is invited to the three-day tournament but only media and friends of LIV Golf are invited to the Pro-Am.
When former President Trump played in the Pro-Am leading up to the LIV Golf Series event on his course at Bedminster, N.J. on Thursday July 27, his group was the only one with carts — most of them occupied by a large group of Secret Service that tailed the former president. He was paired with his son, Eric, and Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.
Trump’s group will play 18 holes with two pros, one each on the front and back nine. When teamed with Johnson and DeChambeau at Bedminster his group finished 6-under par, one stroke off the winning score. The pros in Trump’s group at Doral will be determined Wednesday Oct. 26.
“It was an honor,” DeChambeau said following his nine holes with Trump July 27. “I mean, anytime you get to play with a president, whether past or sitting, it’s just an honor, no matter who it is. Very lucky to have a relationship with him and he’s always been generous to me.”
Trump has aligned himself with LIV Golf, financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, because he owns a collection of 18 courses around the world from Scotland to Palm Beach, from Los Angeles to Dubai. Trump Golf owns some of the most iconic golf properties and championship courses in the world and one of LIV Golf’s goals is to expand golf globally. Two of LIV Golf’s eight events in its inaugural season will have been held on Trump properties and LIV’s 2023 schedule will include more Trump courses as it expands to 14 events.
In July, Trump told golfers on the PGA Tour to, “take the money now,” predicting the PGA Tour will have competition from LIV Golf. Trump is also upset at the PGA Tour for moving its World Golf Championship event out of Doral and to Mexico in 2017 and the PGA of America moving the 2022 PGA Championship out of his club in Bedminster.
“All of those golfers that remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, will pay a big price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and you get nothing but a big ‘thank you’ from PGA officials who are making Millions of Dollars a year,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.
After his round on July 27, DeChambeau was asked about Trump’s golfing abilities.
“He’s actually a really good golfer,” he said. “He stripes it down the middle of the fairway and has good iron game and putts it pretty well.”
Trump is an avid golfer who has played several rounds with Hall of Famers and legendary golfers at his courses in West Palm Beach and Jupiter, He has played more golf than any other president while in office. During his round at Bedminster he said, “there’s no other president that can hit it like I can,” according to DeChambeau.
“That’s the funny one he talks about all the time,” DeChambeau added. “You know, it’s true from what I’ve seen, what I’ve heard, obviously I haven’t played with other presidents, but he’s up there.”