World No. 1 McIlroy criticizes Trump for response to coronavirus
NEW YORK: four-time senior champion Rory McIlroy criticized president of the United States Donald trump for their response to the coronavirus outbreak, and said the pair were unlikely to meet for another round of golf.
We are in the middle of something that is pretty serious right now, McIlroy told the McKellar Golf Podcast. The fact that he's trying to politicize it and turn it into a campaign rally and say that we run most of the tests in the world, like it's a contest, there are some things that are terrible.
It's not the way a leader should act, said McIlroy, who won the United States Open and the British Open, as well as two PGA Championship titles.
The world's highest-ranked golfer faced strong criticism for playing with Trump shortly after the Republican president's inauguration in 2017, but said the interaction was not an endorsement.
The day I spent with him and with others was very enjoyable, said McIlroy, who is from Northern Ireland. That does not mean that I agree with everything or, in fact, with anything he says.
Trump has played with several current and former professional golfers, including Tiger Woods , Jack nicklaus , Winner of the US Open 2016 Dustin Johnson and 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas.
I don't know if he would want to play with me again after what I just said, McIlroy said. I probably wouldn't do it again.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
McIlroy, 31, will compete in a two-on-two, $ 3 million charity match on Sunday to benefit the relief from COVID-19, teaming up with Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff.