Wednesday 26 April 2017

Trump 'not bad for a guy in his 70s', says McIlroy

Rory McIlroy with President Donald Trump and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer, left, and former baseball star Paul O'Neill, right
Rory McIlroy with President Donald Trump and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer, left, and former baseball star Paul O'Neill, right
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Golfing champion Rory McIlroy has commended Donald Trump on his prowess on the golf course.

McIlroy continued his recovery from a stress fracture to a rib by playing a round of golf with the US president in Florida.

For a third weekend in a row during his presidency, Mr Trump took to the golf course, and this time he was accompanied by the world number three.

Speaking to golf publication 'No Laying Up', McIlroy said that Mr Trump "probably shot around 80. He's a decent player for a guy in his 70s".

The pair were joined in a four-ball by Kildare-born agent Nick Mullen and Mr Trump's friend Rich Levine.

McIlroy also posed for a photo before teeing off with former New York Yankees baseball star Paul O'Neill and CEO of Clear Sports Garry Singer.

McIlroy is planning to return to competitive action at the WGC-Mexico Championship next month.

Mr Trump played with Ernie Els last week and also joined Tiger Woods for a round just before Christmas.

McIlroy (27) previously encountered Mr Trump in 2014 when the reality TV star had the Holywood man's three iron pulled from the bottom of a lake at the Doral course in Florida.

The golfer had flung the club into the water in a moment of frustration.

The club is now on the wall of the clubhouse in the resort owned by Mr Trump.

Irish Independent

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