'It’s not like he was up in the White House having meetings with him' - Shane Lowry on McIlroy's game of golf with Trump
Golfer Shane Lowry has said that he "wouldn’t know what he’d do" if he was asked to play a round of golf with Donald Trump after world number three Rory McIlroy joined the US President at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida last weekend.
In an interview with RTE Sport, Lowry sympathised with McIlroy and the predicament that the Northern Irishman was put in, but that ultimately, it was just a game of golf between the two.
"I don’t know what I can say about that because no matter what I say on this subject it’s going to be the wrong thing,” Lowry said.
"If I was asked to play golf with Trump I don’t know what I’d do. I’m not going to say ‘no’, I’m not going to say ‘yeah’.
"At the end of the day, he’s still the President of America and I’m sure that’s what Rory thought to himself – ‘the President of America is after asking me to play golf, I’m going to go play golf’.
"It’s just a game of golf. It’s not like he was up in the White House having meetings with him for a few days. That’s all it is – a game of golf.
"We travel around the world, we meet different types of people. When we’re playing in places like Dubai or Abu Dhabi, you meet people and are introduced to people that have different beliefs than you do. That’s just the way it is. We’re a global sport."
McIlroy defended his decision to play with Trump and took to Twitter to respond to the criticism he received on social media and beyond.