President Trump's golf scores hacked; USGA confirms it's looking into the matter

TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: U.S. President Donald Trump waves whilst playing a round of golf at Trump Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort during the U.S. President's first official visit to the United Kingdom on July 15, 2018 in Turnberry, Scotland. The President of the United States and First Lady, Melania Trump on their first official visit to the UK after yesterday's meetings with the Prime Minister and the Queen is in Scotland for private weekend stay at his Turnberry. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) Leon Neal/Getty Images

President Trump's golf scores hacked; USGA confirms it's looking into the matter

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President Trump's golf scores hacked; USGA confirms it's looking into the matter

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President Trump is at the center of another hacking incident, but this one doesn’t involve Wikileaks.

Four scores were posted to Trump’s USGA-administered GHIN handicap system on Friday, a day on which the president returned from New York to Washington and did not actually play golf.

The scores posted were suspiciously unflattering to the famously vainglorious First Golfer: 101, 100, 108, 102. While the GHIN (Golf Handicap and Information Network) system does not publicly identify the venue where a round was played, Golfweek exclusively confirmed that the courses used in the fake scores were Trump National New York (100 and 101), Trump International in West Palm Beach (108), and the Cochise Course at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The scores were posted in the same manner that any other golfer or club in America can post, suggesting that a jokester has obtained access to Trump’s GHIN information.

“We have become aware of reports in the media questioning recent scores posted on President Trump’s GHIN account. As we dug into the data it appears someone has erroneously posted a number of scores on behalf of the GHIN user,” said a statement to Golfweek from Craig Annis, the managing director of communications for the USGA.

“We are taking corrective action to remove the scores and partnering with our allied golf associations, and their member clubs, to determine the origin of the issue.”

Trump maintains an index of 2.8, a handicap that is widely regarded as excessively flattering. The scores posted on his GHIN account have been the subject of scrutiny recently. A mysterious round of 68 was posted Wednesday and then subsequently deleted, as well. Only one score has been posted since he was elected—96, last October—and the veracity of that too has been called into question.

Below is a screenshot of Trump’s page from late Friday night before the fallacious scores from April and May were deleted. His handicap index was also changed to 1.8 because of the outlining 68.

Trump played two rounds of golf over Easter Weekend at Trump International in West Palm Beach in on April 19 and 20. However, none of the tees on that course match with the 75.3 rating/139 slope that was reported, which also called the 68 into question.

For the record on Friday, the president left New York in the morning and delivered a speech in Washington, D.C., to the National Association of REALTORs convention in the afternoon.

Saturday, the president visited Trump National in Sterling, Va. There was no official word as of 3:30 p.m. ET if he had indeed played.

Golfers are supposed to routinely update the site when they play. Trump has played more than 170 rounds of golf since taking office.

According to his GHIN listing, Trump lists Trump National in Jupiter Fla., Trump National Westchester, N.Y. and Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y. as his home clubs.

 

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