Coronavirus: Rory McIlroy critical of U.S. president Donald Trump

Coronavirus: Rory McIlroy critical of U.S. president Donald Trump

"The fact that he's trying to politicize it and make it a campaign rally and say that we administer the most tests in the world, like it's a contest - there's some stuff that just is bad".

He added: "It's not the way a leader should act. And there is a sort of diplomacy that you need to show, and I just don't think he's showing that - especially in these times". McIlroy thinks the US President has made the pandemic political and like a "campaign rally" as he aims to be reelected before the end of the year.

"He obviously has something or he wouldn't be in the White House, right?"

He confirmed that he had a "very enjoyable" day playing with Trump, and said that "he is very charismatic and was nice to everyone". And the world's No. 1 ranked golfer doubts they'll be golfing together again, for both reasoning on his side and Trump's after the remarks.

"We'll take the underdog spot but - when that day comes, basically it's a toss-up on who's got the hot putter, and could be just a battle throughout the day", said Fowler. "But no, I wouldn't", McIlroy said.

McIlroy acknowledged that the invitations to golf with Trump likely would stop after his comments but said he would decline even if one were extended. Whatever you call it but most people that he came across that day, he was cordial, he was nice, he was personable and that's my only real interaction with him.

"I haven't carried my own bag since I can't remember when", said Johnson, who will play without his longtime caddie, his brother Austin. "I probably wouldn't again".

"That doesn't mean I agree with everything - or, in fact, anything - that he says". Critics found it hard to square McIlroy's earlier comments about Muirfield in Scotland - he said it was "obscene" that the club, a 16-time British Open site, did not admit women - with his willingness to golf with the polarizing USA president. I mean, there was not one bit of politics discussed in that round of golf.

"But, yeah, look, it's a hard one". "Feel like I'm in good enough shape to carry my bag around for 18 holes without it being a problem".

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"For us to go out and play a golf match, it's awesome that we can do that, bring some entertainment to quite a few people but also to help in some way", McIlroy told the PGA Tour website.

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