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Shane Lowry Gives His Take On Rory McIlroy’s Infamous Round Of Golf With Donald Trump

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Rory McIlroy caused ructions last week when it emerged that he had played a round of golf with US President Donald Trump in Florida the weekend previous.

The 27-year-old’s subsequent attempts to defend himself and his actions, via a Guardian interview and Twitter statement, have only served to earn him more criticism from those appalled by the incident and perceived attempt by all concerned to normalise Trump’s unpopular policies.

Padraig Harrington has already come out in defence of McIlroy by revealing that he too would happily play a round of golf with President Trump, and fellow golfer Shane Lowry has also hit out at the criticism of the Co. Down native in an interview with RTE Sport.

Lowry believes the public outrage was over the top, making the argument that it was just a round of golf between the two and nothing else:

“I don’t know what I can say about that because no matter what I say on this subject it’s going to be the wrong thing,

“If I was asked to play golf with Trump I don’t know what I’d do. I’m not going to say ‘no’, I’m not going to say ‘yeah’.

“At the end of the day, he’s still the President of America and I’m sure that’s what Rory thought to himself – ‘the President of America is after asking me to play golf, I’m going to go play golf’. 

“It’s just a game of golf. It’s not like he was up in the White House having meetings with him for a few days. That’s all it is – a game of golf. 

“We travel around the world, we meet different types of people. When we’re playing in places like Dubai or Abu Dhabi, you meet people and are introduced to people that have different beliefs than you do. That’s just the way it is. We’re a global sport.” 

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Shane Lowry of Ireland plays his shot from the 12th tee during the second round at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 17, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Lowry’s sentiments tie in with the general view within the golf world, with a recent informal New York Times poll that suggested that 89% of professional players would jump at the chance to play with the POTUS.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.