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Suzann Pettersen denies comments that Donald Trump 'cheats' at golf

MORE A professional golfer on the LPGA Tour denies telling a Norwegian newspaper that President Donald Trump "cheats like hell" on the golf course.

In a story published Saturday, Suzann Pettersen told Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang that she has known the president for more than 10 years and has played multiple rounds of golf with him. She was Quote: d by the newspaper as saying that Trump loves skipping short-range putts with the assumption that he would have made them, colloquially known as "gimmes," and his wayward drives often appear in the middle of the fairway.

"He cheats like hell," Verdens Gang Quote: d the LPGA star. "I don’t quite know how he is in business. They say that if you cheat at golf, you cheat at business. I’m pretty sure he pays his caddie well, since no matter how far into the woods he hits the ball, it’s in the middle of the fairway when we get there."

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On Tuesday morning, as the Quote: s began to spread across major American news outlets, Pettersen took to Twitter and referred to the assertion that she called Trump a cheater as "fake news."

"Sometimes you do interviews and media will twist whatever word/ saying to make a headline! It’s shocking to see," Pettersen wrote on Twitter. "This is what I would call #fakenews Why would I call someone a cheat.... never!"

Sometimes you do interviews and media will twist whatever word/ saying to make a headline! It’s shocking to see... this is what I would call #fakenews

Why would I call someone a cheat.... never!

— Suzann Pettersen (@suzannpettersen) January 30, 2018 Pettersen, who has won two LPGA major championships and been ranked as high as No. 2 in the world, also told the newspaper that she and Trump spoke on the phone about once a month before he became president. She described him as "totally golf-crazed" and said "golf is the only thing the man thinks about."

While she has seen Trump twice since he's become president and still considers him a friend, Pettersen said she does not agree with his policies, according to Verdens Gang.

"I’m not a supporter of what he says or stands for," Pettersen told the newspaper . "I thought it was very strange during the presidential campaign that he wasn’t smarter about how he communicated. He could have won more easily but made some blunders with his statements. That’s because he is so stubborn. He has not changed five millimeters since becoming president."

Trump, who is scheduled to give his State of the Union address Tuesday night , has long been an avid golfer and played regularly during his first year as president. He's teed off with numerous athletes and professional golfers , including Tiger Woods in November .

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad .

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