McIlroy 'probably wouldn't' golf again with Trump

McIlroy 'probably wouldn't' golf again with Trump

McIlroy 'probably wouldn't' golf again with Trump

"He's trying to politicise it and make it a campaign rally, saying that [the US] administers the most tests in the world like it's a contest".

"It's not the way a leader should act".

President Trump announces a task force to develop a proven coronavirus vaccine as fast as possible.

Televised golf returns in the United States on Sunday with caddies barred from the course and a barrage of screening measures plus organisational changes to ensure the players observe social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rory - the #1-ranked golfer in the world - says he wouldn't golf with Trump again if he had the chance. but admits he probably won't get another opportunity. He said people called him a "fascist" and a "bigot". In defending the decision, he said he doesn't always agree with everything his friends and family do, but he plays golf with them anyway.

The four-time major victor erased any of that doubt Thursday, however, telling the McKellar Golf Podcast that he had been invited to play again with Trump but had declined "out of choice".

"I'll sit here and say that the day that I did spend with him and others was very enjoyable", McIlroy recalled this week of that round with Trump.

"I don't know. It's very self-serving of me to say 'no, ' because if I don't then it means that I'm not putting myself int he position to come under scrutiny and I'm avoiding that".

"But I probably wouldn't, no".

"So I will sit here and say that the day I had with him I enjoyed but that doesn't mean I agree with everything".

He acknowledged the offer is now likely off the table when asked if he would play with Trump again.

The world's top-ranked golfer faced fierce criticism for playing with Trump shortly after the Republican president's inauguration in 2017, but said the interaction was not an endorsement. Critics found it hard to square McIlroy's earlier comments about Muirfield in Scotland - he said it was "obscene" that the club, a 16-time British Open site, did not admit women - with his willingness to golf with the polarizing US president. "Feel like I'm in good enough shape to carry my bag around for 18 holes without it being a problem". "It's not a tough place to be put in, but it was a round of golf and nothing more".

"For us to go out and play a golf match, it's awesome that we can do that, bring some entertainment to quite a few people but also to help in some way", McIlroy told the PGA Tour website.

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