Saturday 20 January 2018

McIlroy: I would think twice about playing with President Trump again

Rory McIlroy at the 16th hole during practice rounds for the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club yesterday. Photo: Reuters
Rory McIlroy at the 16th hole during practice rounds for the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club yesterday. Photo: Reuters
Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

Rory McIlroy says he would "think twice" about accepting an invitation to play golf with US President Donald Trump because of the storm of controversy about their round in February.

The Northern Irish golfer and the US president played at Trump International and McIlroy was severely criticised online and in regular media.

Yesterday, at his Masters media conference ahead of Thursday's first round at Augusta National in Georgia, the Holywood ace had to deal with another question about his golf outing with President Trump.

"I've spent time in President Trump's company before, and that does not mean that I agree with everything that he says," McIlroy said.

"There was not one bit of politics discussed in that round of golf. He was more interested (in) talking about the grass he just put on the greens.

"But it's a difficult one. I felt I would have been making more of a statement if I had turned it down.

Rory McIlroy with US President Donald Trump in February. Photo: Reuters
Rory McIlroy with US President Donald Trump in February. Photo: Reuters

"Would I do it again? After the sort of backlash I received, I'd think twice about it."

Irish Independent

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