Donald Trump is known for his love of golf but the amount of money spent on accommodating the US president’s hobby would make him the equivalent of the 10th best-paid sportsperson in the US, according to recently released figures.

Even Trump’s most loyal supporters would struggle to say with a straight face that the 45th president should be regarded as an ‘athlete,’ but recent calculations into the dollar value of his regular golf trips by suggest that the cost of his time on the links rivals that of the most well-paid sports stars in America.

In the last two years Rory McIlroy, one of the top-ranked players in the world, earned $12.5 million on the golf circuit through 44 tournaments. Tiger Woods took in $8.5 million across 33 events.

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In that same time period Trump, who owns numerous golf clubs across the globe, has played on at least 71 occasions – almost as much as McIlroy and Woods combined – but their numbers pale in comparison to that of Trump who, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), spent $13 million of taxpayers money on golf alone in a one-month period in 2017.

It was recently calculated that Trump has spent one in every five days of his presidency at a golf resort, despite being critical of President Barack Obama’s own golf outings during his campaign for the presidency. 

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