Sen. Lindsey Graham defended President Donald Trump’s golf game after being pressed on an earlier assessment of his round with the president Monday.
In an interview with Golf Magazine, the South Carolina Republican reiterated his claims that Trump shot a 73 in windy and wet weather.
“Not one mulligan. Not one,” Graham told the magazine.
Really enjoyed a round of golf with President @realDonaldTrump today.President Trump shot a 73 in windy and wet conditions! — Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 9, 2017
Trump shot one birdie and one or two bogeys and pars on the rest of the holes, Graham said.
Trump and Graham, a former presidential primary opponent and critic of Trump’s during the 2016 campaign, golfed together at Trump National Golf Club Washington in Sterling, Virginia.
“I can say without hesitation, Donald Trump did not come close to making a double bogey all day,” Graham said.
Graham also said Trump, whom he previously called “a jackass,” was a gracious host to him.
“I ran out of golf balls,” he said. “He started giving me golf balls.”
Graham’s compliments stood in contrast to statements made by some celebrities who played with Trump before he became president.
Rock singer Alice Cooper hinted that Trump doesn’t always follow the rules of golf in a GQ interview.
“The worst celebrity golf cheat? I wish I could tell you that. It would be a shocker. I played golf with Donald Trump one time. That’s all I’m going to say,” he said.
“Golf’s a very moral game,” Jackson told the New York Daily News. “You kind of police yourself out there, and he didn’t really police himself very well out there.”