McIlroy, who has won four majors and is the World No. 3, told No Laying Up he accepted an invitation to play with the president at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, despite recovering from a stress fracture in his rib.
A picture posted Saturday of him on the links with Trump, ClearSports CEO Garry Singer and former New York Yankees star Paul O’Neill made the rounds, but Mclroy told No Laying Up that O’Neill and Singer were not part of the Sunday foursome.
McIlroy called the commander-in-chief a “decent player for a guy in his 70s,” but the Internet was not all compliments about the golf star associating with the controversial chief executive. To some Twitter users, McIlroy had dug a hole for himself.
I was a massive fan of Rory McIlroy but after hearing he played a round of golf with Trump at the weekend, no more. Bad move, Rory!
— Trevor D (@_trevordonaghy) 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
I’m sure there’s a reasonable explanation for Rory McIlroy’s round of golf. #Trump was probably asking him how to improve his lie.
— Fachtna Ó Ceallaigh (@Fachtna_Kelly) February 20, 2017
Just when you thought it was impossible to dislike Rory McIlroy more, off he goes playing golf with Trump.
— Cack Jollins (@cackjollins) February 20, 2017
Rory McIlroy “Playing in the Olympics is too political”
**plays golf with Donald Trump**
— Robert (@amazibob) February 20, 2017
In all fairness, McIlroy did get some support too.