Four-time major champion, Rory McIlroy, teed off with US President Donald Trump on Sunday while nursing a rib injury.
The pair were joined by International Sports Management’s Nick Mullen and Trump’s friend, Rich Levine at the Trump International Course in Florida.
After the round McIlroy gave his analysis of the President’s outing, telling NoLayingUp, a successful golf podcast that the Hollywood man regularly features on, that President Trump is “a decent player for a guy in his 70s.”
Since the pair’s round on Sunday, McIlroy has come in for some criticism, with many questioning his decision.
— Chris Curran (@ChrisCurran_IRE) February 21, 2017
Lawrence Donegan, an ex-golf correspondent for the Guardian, has said
“The problem is that Rory is a beloved figure, probably the most beloved figure in his sport.”
“He is apparently appealing to a younger audience, he is very vocal about appealing to a younger audience. It basically reinforces old stereotypes.
“I literally can’t believe that McIlroy has done this.” Via the Irish Independent.
Many are calling into question McIlroy’s decision to associate himself with the controversial President, however in an interview with Paul Kimmage, Padraig Harrington has called a spade a spade, and given his own view on playing a round of golf with the American President.
“Yes, I would be excited to play a round of golf with the President and I would respect the people of the United States by honoring the invitation from their President to play, and of course I would accept.”
“Of course, I would respect the office of the President of the United States and play with the democratically elected leader.”
Harrington told Kimmage;
“I’m not going to give my political agenda, but the point I’m trying to make is this – because I have the ability to hit a little white golf ball I get this big soapbox to stand on, but I don’t have to use it, and I don’t believe I should.”
Harrington’s views on the weight sports stars’ voices carries in the media is both refreshing and realistic, and goes some way to bringing the critics down the earth after what was after all, a simple round of golf.