Donald Trump played pre-Christmas golf with Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger
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Donald Trump played pre-Christmas golf with Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger

President Donald Trump got some pre-Christmas golf in on Dec. 23, and he played in a fivesome with several PGA Tour pros.

At Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., Trump spent the 83rd day of his presidency at a Trump-owned golf club and played with PGA Tour Player of the Year Justin Thomas, fellow Presidents Cup teammate Daniel Berger and Jim Herman, a PGA Tour winner who used to work as an assistant pro at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., before Trump encouraged Herman to pursue professional golf. In addition to the three PGA Tour pros, Justin Thomas' father joined the group to play.

The four players joining Trump were identified by the White House press pool, which follows Trump pretty much anywhere he goes.

Thomas and Berger joins the ranks of Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jack Nicklaus, Hideki Matsuyama and Brad Faxon as PGA Tour pros and golf legends who have played golf with Trump since he was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017.

Typically, the Trump administration does not acknowledge when the President is playing golf, letting reporters and the public infer so by his presence at a golf club, usually described arriving in golf attire. In rare instances when Trump spokespeople or Trump himself confirms he is playing golf, the administration does so identifying at least one playing partner and a reason for that person to be playing with the Commander-in-Chief. In the case of pros like Thomas and Berger, it's pretty clear there's not a political reason; this was a round for fun.

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