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Playing the game of golf diplomacy

Will Trump, who has a fondness for the sport and owns 17 luxury golf resorts, engage world leaders on the green?

Published Wed, Feb 8, 2017 · 09:50 PM

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull conducted golf diplomacy to make a personal connection with US President Donald Trump. The two leaders had a friendly chat on the phone in November, and Mr Turnbull congratulated the American leader on his electoral triumph. The rewards of the Turnbull initiative were shortlived, however, as the two men have had a serious falling out over a critical matter of foreign policy.

The game of golf is part of US presidential folklore. Woodrow Wilson played on doctor's orders. John F Kennedy was obsessively secret about his love for…

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