A week after Ernie Els played with President Donald Trump and Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, Rory McIlroy joined Trump on the links this past weekend at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.
No Laying Up talked with the four-time major champion about playing with Trump.
“He probably shot around 80,” McIlroy said. “He’s a decent player for a guy in his 70s.”
— ClearSports (@ClearSportsLLC) February 19, 2017
Like Els before him, McIlroy has endured some pointed criticism (and, to a lesser degree, some support) on social media for teeing it up alongside the polarizing president.
There were those with heated remarks:
— Dermot Looney (@dlooney) February 20, 2017
Rory McIlroy didnt play in the olympics cos he didnt want ppl to hate him , but he plays golf with donald trump .Good one rory #rorymcilroy
— jimmy morgan (@jimmymo78647603) February 20, 2017
Breaking: British golfer Rory McIlroy plays golf with Trump. "This doesn't make me a prat", claims Rory. "Yes it does", says everyone else.
— Dustin The Turkey (@DustinOfficial) February 20, 2017
— I…em (@knittyloom) February 20, 2017
— Colin Sword (@MrCSword) February 20, 2017
And there were those who saw nothing wrong with Rory’s decision:
@FoxNews Well, what else is new. Be your own man Rory. Keep playing with Trump as the opportunity presents itself.
— Shane Maskell (@shane_maskell) February 21, 2017
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 20, 2017
— Tony Darby (@TonyDarby88) February 20, 2017
Perhaps the most encouraging takeaway from Rory’s presidential outing is that he is apparently beginning to feel healthy again after being sidelined for more than a month with a rib injury. According to No Laying Up, Rory says he did not plan on playing until the following weekend, but he made an exception to play with Trump. He used forward tees and said his swing was close to full speed, according to TrackMan statistics.
McIlroy reportedly plans on returning to competition next week for the WGC-Mexico Championship.