Wednesday 20 February 2019

Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus criticised for playing round of golf with Donald Trump

Donald Trump with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Pic: @realDonaldTrump
Donald Trump with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Pic: @realDonaldTrump

Ger Pakenham

Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have been criticised for playing a round of golf with Donald Trump yesterday.

President of the United States Trump tweeted a picture of himself with the two legendary golfers at Trump National Jupiter in Florida.

Trump, who this week said that he is considering declaring a state of emergency to obtain funding for proposed controversial US-Mexico border wall, has been criticised for retreating to the golf course during a time of uncertainty in America. 14-time major winner Woods has also been slammed for playing with Trump.

Woods has also played with former Presidents Obama, Clinton and Bush and last year, when asked about Trump''s immigration policy, he said: "He's the President of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office."

In 2017, Rory McIlroy face a backlash when he joined Trump for a round in Floriday.

"I have no regrets," he later said.

"I was a little taken aback [with the reaction], although we all know how the campaign went and how divisive it was.

"I just approached it as a round of golf.  And to go there and see 30 secret service and 30 cops and snipers in the trees… well, it was just a surreal experience for me.  That was part of the reason I wanted to go and play.

"If it had been President Obama I would have played.  I've played with President Clinton, I've spent time with President Bush. I just wanted to have an experience that I might not ever get again - playing golf with a sitting president.

"It's not as if we discussed foreign policy - we talked golf all day. Yeah, I actually enjoyed myself and had a good time. So I'm sorry if I p-----d people off, but I felt I was in a position where I couldn't really do anything but say yes, respect the office even if you don't respect the guy that's in it."

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