Obama, Bush or Clinton, McIlroy is all the presidents' man...
Rory McIlroy sure is hail and hearty with the chiefs...
The World No 1 has dined with President Obama at the White House; called-out George W Bush for the Ice Bucket Challenge, duly administered by former First Lady Laura, and lunched with Bill Clinton on Tuesday.
"Had a great time today catching up with @billclinton," tweeted McIlroy, who's also played golf with President Clinton. "Always a pleasure and an education spending time with him."
The lunch at Richie Nota's Harlow East seafood restaurant in The Hamptons, Long Island, also was attended by Wall Street investment banker and avid golfer Jimmy Dunne, senior managing principal of Sandler-O'Neill; Clinton advisor Jon Davidson and McIlroy's caddie JP Fitzgerald.
It might have defied even the collective intelligence of those at the table to explain the logic of the points system applied by the US Tour to the FedEx Cup final series after McIlroy was bumped out of first place heading into this weekend's second playoff, The Deutsche Bank Championship.
A tweet from The Island's Walker Cup star Gavin Moynihan summed up the general feeling in golf. "Hunter Mahan wins Barclays and goes top of FedEx Cup after having a quiet year! Rory wins two Majors and a WGC and not top! #good system," the University of Atlanta student wrote, adding a thumbs-down.
With an extra day this week to catch his breath, McIlroy's a hot favourite to set the record straight once he tees it up tomorrow at TPC Boston, where he won two years ago.