Rory McIlroy was the most recent golfer to play a round with the current POTUS and receive criticism for doing so.
After a couple of days of the golfing world having their go at McIlroy, he finally decided to make a statement and respond to the incoming stabs. He tweeted out a note that he wrote on his phone, concluding that “this wasn’t an endorsement nor a political statement of any kind”.
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) February 24, 2017
“It was, quite simply, a round of golf. Golf was our common ground, nothing else.”
Now that that’s all cleared up, the people calling Rory a “facist” or “bigot” can quietly slink back into the black holes from which they came. Ernie Els and Tiger Woods were two other pros who recently golfed with President Trump, although Tiger received much less criticism than McIlroy and Els did.
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Rory recently spoke about Tiger’s current state, saying that he feels sorry for the struggling 41-year-old.
“I never thought I would say this but I felt sorry for him. I just felt bad for the guy that his body won’t allow him to do what he wants to do. I can’t imagine anything so debilitating where you can’t even stand up to do a press conference.”
McIlroy told Ewan Murray
He went on to say that he’s glad that Tiger has his kids to watch grow up, because if he were in this situation that’s where his priority would be. Plus it would be pretty hard to get through this without a support system.
It’s nice to see that Rory cares and I truly believe he does because as much as he’s poo-pooed the reports of his workouts being too rigorous, that could be him in a few years.
“Playing tournament golf would be a bonus and awesome but life is more important than golf, which is what people have to remember when talking about Tiger Woods. Everyone sees him as a golfer, not a person. Tiger doesn’t owe anyone in the game. He has nothing to prove to anyone. I just hope he gets healthy and happy.”
Rory has been out recently with the pain of a rib stress fracture, but he is set to make his return at the WGC-Mexico Championship next week. Let’s see if he can catch up.