Rory McIlroy hit the course with Donald Trump for a round this weekend at Trump International as the Northern Irishman recovers from a rib injury. Clear Sports published a photo to Twitter of McIlroy posing with Trump and two others on the course on Sunday, and No Laying Up confirmed McIlroy's appearance with the star. He told them that he had played 18 holes with the president and was impressed by Trump's golf skills: “He probably shot around 80. He’s a decent player for a guy in his 70’s!”
McIlroy has been out of commission in recent weeks after suffering a stress fracture to his rib. But he apparently felt that golf with the president warranted an exception. He also reported that his swing was at full speed and he still plans to play in the WGC Mexico Championship.
Back in March, when McIlroy was asked about then-candidate Trump, he demurred, saying "I'm not American," although he also said that if he could vote, he wouldn't be interested in any of the candidates.
The White House initially stated that Trump had only played a few holes on Sunday, but after reports were released about his time on the course, they walked the statement back. “As stated yesterday the President played golf. He intended to play a few holes and decided to play longer," spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. The White House's reluctance to admit how much time the president is really spending on the golf course may be related to Trump's many comments criticizing Barack Obama for playing golf. "I love golf, I think it's one of the greats, but I don't have time," Trump said during the campaign. "Two hundred and fifty rounds, that's more than a guy who plays in the PGA Tour plays," Trump said of Obama in December 2015. "He played more golf last year than Tiger Woods. We don't have time for this. We have to work."
According to CBS News, Trump has already gone on six golf outings during his one month in office.
Check out the photo of the two on the course below.
Big battle today at Trump International with Clear CEO Garry Singer @McIlroyRory @PaulONeillYES @realDonaldTrump Drain the putt... pic.twitter.com/AZJqEVtlBT — ClearSports (@ClearSportsLLC) February 19, 2017