Trump in Palm Beach: Nicklaus latest famous name to join president on golf course

How big a deal is Jack Nicklaus? In 2014, Florida Gov. Rick Scott was relegated to the role of picture-taker when Scott and Nicklaus visited a Boca Raton restaurant during a Scott campaign swing. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

With North Palm Beach resident Jack Nicklaus reportedly joining President Donald Trump on the links Saturday after Jupiter Island man Tiger Woods golfed with the president on Friday, Trump has played golf with the winners of 32 major championships during his Thanksgiving trip to Palm Beach.

Nicklaus has won a record 18 majors. Woods is second with 14 wins in majors (The Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship).

Trump has visited one of his golf courses on four straight days during his latest trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. Will he make it a fifth? Follow www.palmbeachpost.com all day for updates on the president’s visit before he departs for Washington this afternoon.

Nicklaus and his son Gary joined the president at Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

On Friday, Woods joined the president at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter along with Dustin Johnson — currently the No. 1 ranked player on the PGA tour — and PGA pro Brad Faxon.

Faxon wrote about the experience for Golfweek, saying he was nervous about golfing with the president “but he immediately puts you at ease.”

Other famous names to join Trump on the golf course since he became president include: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (at Trump International and in Japan); Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins; future NFL Hall of Famer and Nationwide Insurance pitchman Peyton Manning; professional golfers Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy; and U.S. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and Bob Corker, R-Tennessee.

 

 

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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