Rory McIlroy played 18 holes with Donald Trump on Sunday in Florida.
McIlroy told NoLayingUp.com that he and the US President were part of a fourball along with Nick Mullen of International Sports Management and Rich Levine, a friend of Trump's. McIlroy received the request to play with Trump on Saturday night. He apparently rode in a golf cart with the 70-year-old for the round.
The Northern Irish golfer withdrew from the Abu Dhabi Championship last month due to a rib injury and has been out of competitive action since. He's planning a return to action at the WGC-Mexico Championship next week.
McIlroy said that Trump is a decent golfer, considering his age.
He probably shot around 80. He’s a decent player for a guy in his 70’s!
Trump and McIlroy were pictured by Clear Sports with their CEO Gary Singer along with former Yankees player Paul O'Neill at Trump International.
— Clear Golf (@ClearSportsGolf) February 19, 2017
McIlroy has already come in for criticism regarding his decision to play with Trump. Golf writer Lawrence Donegan called it 'pitiful'.
— lawrencedonegan (@lawrencedonegan) February 20, 2017
— Dermot Looney (@dlooney) February 20, 2017
McIlroy does have a previous association with Trump. After McIlroy threw his three-iron into the lake in frustration at Trump National Doral in March 2015 at the WGC Cadillac Championship, Trump sent a scuba diver to retrieve the club.
He then presented it to McIlroy.
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) March 8, 2015