A Tee Time With Trump? Pro Golfers Say Absolutely

The results were hardly surprising. The clubhouses at PGA Tour stops have long trended Republican, and the sport’s target demographic — rich, mostly white men — is far different from the women, minorities, immigrants and Muslims who have at times been the most offended by the president’s statements and positions.


“Whether you agree or not,” said Ernie Els, whose golf outing this month with Trump created some strife on social media, “I felt it was a duty to play with the president when you get the call.”

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Long before he was elected the country’s 45th president, Trump participated in tournament pro-ams on the men’s and women’s tours and made the game an integral part of his lifestyle and his businesses. His presidency, at least so far, has been no different. But the current political climate is forcing many high-profile people who sometimes enter the White House’s orbit — celebrities, N.F.L. players, even college basketball stars — to seriously consider the personal and public repercussions of accepting an…

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