“The Freudians tell us to beware of recounting our dreams lest we betray our hidden infamies,” wrote Presbyterian minister JA MacCallum in the October 1923 North American Review. “Golf is, however, a much simpler key to character than dreams for it requires no technique to interpret the telltale facts it brings out into the light of common day.” The infamies of Donald Trump have been a boon to the US publishing industry. Scarcely a month goes by without some fresh exposé hitting the shelves. But no-one, so far, has shed more light on the president’s character than Rick Reilly in his new book, Commander in Cheat — How Golf Explains Trump. Reilly is a respected chronicler of the game. Not only has he played with Trump himself, he has spoken to dozens of professionals, celebrities and others who have shared, and continue to share, that dubious honour, as well as their caddies. Even the enabling golf buddies who profess to like The Donald concede that his behaviour is every bit as egreg...

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