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Rory McIlroy slams President Trump over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic; hasn’t played golf with Trump again ‘out of choice’



Rory McIlroy appeared on the McKellar podcast this Thursday, where the Ulsterman fiercely criticized President Trump’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and revealed he likely wouldn’t play golf with the President again.

The 31-year-old slammed President Trump’s management of the Covid-19 Pandemic, saying he is trying to “politicize it and make it a campaign rally” which is “terrible”.

“We’re in the midst of something that’s pretty serious right now and the fact that he’s trying to politicise it and make it a campaign rally and say we’re administering the most tests in world like it is a contest – there’s something that just is terrible.

“It’s not the way a leader should act. There’s a sort of diplomacy that you need to have, and I don’t think he’s showing that, especially in these times.”

McIlroy played golf with Trump back in 2017 – something which the 31-year-old revealed saw him being called a “bigot and a fascist” by some. The four-time major champion explained how he felt “guilt by association” over that decision and shared that his decision not to play with Trump again was “out of choice”.

Asked did he have any regrets over playing with Trump back in 2017 and if he would do it again, McIlroy stated “I haven’t done it since, so there’s one answer to your question”before revealing the experience was an enjoyable one.

“I’ll sit here and say the day that I did spend with him and others was very enjoyable. He’s very charismatic; he was nice to everyone — it didn’t matter whether you were me or guys in the cart barn or the pro at the golf club. He has something. He obviously has something or he wouldn’t be in the White House, right? 

“He has something — whatever it is, it’s an X factor, charisma, whatever you want to call it. Most people that he came across that day he was cordial to, he was nice and personable. That was my only really interaction with him the day I had with him. But that doesn’t mean that I agree with everything — or in fact anything — that he says.’’


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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  1. Michael

    May 19, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Wow, this thread is a microcosm about what political discourse has become on our country. Someone is asked their opinion, gives it, and is immediately labeled as either a hero truth-teller or an idiot who should stick to sports and go back to their country. This country was founded (by foreigners) on freedom of ideas, expression, and debate. There is room for middle ground where you can disagree without labels and hate, or telling someone they should not voice their opinion. Just like a reality TV star with no political experience has the right to voice his opinion and criticize those in power in 2016. And we all have the right to listen or not, disagree or not, or even hate or not. I would just hope that as a country we still have room for civil discussion and not just closed minded name calling back and forth.

    • Pierre

      May 25, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      Don’t forget yer soap box on yer way out Michael…..Rors stepped in dog doo and people here are simply telling him his shoe now stinks.

  2. Mad-Mex

    May 18, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Wow, can’t believe this has not been deleted or locked, seen regular threads locked up for less,,,,,,,,,,

  3. TH

    May 18, 2020 at 11:32 am

    non-citizen…….. way out of bounds……. think twice before you speak
    hope you contract a case of the “lefts”

  4. mike

    May 18, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Why is this article here? One place I really don’t want to read about politics. However, he is an idiot. Lost a fan.

  5. Pierre

    May 18, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Bad form Rors. Stick to golf, keep yer nose out of US politics and we’ll exercise “diplomacy” by not asking you and the Scots how much you actually enjoy being ruled by the English.

  6. DT

    May 18, 2020 at 6:24 am

    Poor little Rory doesn’t want to LOSE AGAIN! SAD

    • Citizen US

      May 18, 2020 at 10:09 am

      America is losing you stupid dope. Wake up bootlickers

  7. Delbert

    May 17, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    When did this peanut gallery boy band wannabe become such an expert on handling a pandemic and national leadership? Run for President if you think you can do any better. Oh, I just realized, you’re not an American, so you can’t. Stick to golf where you are an expert but a pain in the butt at that. Just like most pig in the head celebrities, I have not missed you at all and found your skins game to be very boring. So boring, that I watched the 2000 PGA Championship replay for the 10th time. LOLOLOL!

    • gwelfgulfer

      May 18, 2020 at 10:57 am

      When did a bad reality tv ‘star’ (with 6 known bankruptcies…) become an expert on anything… And yet…

      • Delbert

        May 18, 2020 at 6:19 pm

        And yet he became President of the United States of America who continues to beat down on the Dems and other naysayers who hate him because he is draining the swamp and fighting back. It is so great watching all the frenzy that anything about Trump brings. TDS, just loving it! Trump has made his own reality show, and you NeverTrumpers are the comedy relief. LOL!

        • gwelfgulfer

          May 20, 2020 at 12:38 am

          Have you actually read when you typed out… ‘draining the swamp’… There literally hasn’t been a more incompetent bunch grouped up, ever… 93k dead from a hoax and counting… But try and get as much sunshine as possible inside to help with the bleach flush…

          • Delbert

            May 20, 2020 at 12:59 pm

            Hey girl golfer we don’t “type out” anything. LOL! Do you realize how stupid you sound trolling about this. Like all hypocritical libs, you use circular reasoning and “its all right for me but not for you logic” that traps you in your own mind box of insecurities that someone can run our country and put it first instead of pandering to the pathetic mindsets of I’m sorry for being an American. How ridiculous to criticize the handling of a pandemic that has no vaccine and mutates such that we are all struggling with its effects. Talk about low, well you know libs. What was the famous quote? Yes, you preach political correctness, inclusiveness, and tolerance, but when someone says you are wrong, you freak out and show your true colors. It is so fun to watch!

            • gwelfgulfer

              May 20, 2020 at 1:32 pm

              On what delusional level has the US of drumpf been put first? ‘Drain the swamp’… ‘Lock her up’… Build that wall’… Hundreds of millions in security costs (directly into his pockets) for golfing trips that he was ‘too busy working’ to be playing… ‘it’s a hoax, it’ll all just magically disappear, 15 cases going down to zero very shortly, disinfect your insides… But keep up the lame attempts, not like we already don’t know you’re the laughing stock of the world… #somuchwinning…

  8. Mitch

    May 16, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Talk when you are a U.S citizen and can vote Rory.

  9. Dave

    May 16, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    i think the prez has done a prety good job and since i worked at CDC for 24 years in infectious disease and with disease outbreaks, this is nothing new, just a different adaptation. There will be more coming our way in centuries ahead. That said, lets stick to golf, includes you Rory. No one cares what political side you are on. stick to golf!!

  10. Darren

    May 16, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    Money just can’t fix TDS. What a slabbering hallion with a fake toothy smile.

    This media darling is such a mess.

  11. Gery Katona

    May 16, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    I could not hold my nose long enough to play a round of golf with this President. He is the most paranoid and divisive ever. Bad for the country. Way to go Rory!!

  12. Jeff

    May 16, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    I came here to watch Americans lose their minds.
    Also, Interesting article considering the forums have (NO POLITICS NO COVID) on so many posts.

  13. JB

    May 16, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Please keep politics out of golfWRX!! I come here to get away from all that.

  14. Danny

    May 16, 2020 at 10:01 am

    I actually think the administration is doing a good job. Fauci and staff said that 2.2 million people would die, Trump has saved the lives of over 2.19 million people!!! Seems pretty good to me. Rors needs to keep his Irish mouth shut. Ryder Cup fans will be BRUTAL to him unless he retracts this ridiculous statement.

  15. T

    May 16, 2020 at 8:00 am

    I don’t really think he is slamming the president. He was asked some questions, answered them with his opinions, no need for everyone’s feelings to get hurt. We live in a world where it’s convenient to pit two sides against one another for ratings, clicks, etc and a lot of people are buying into this drama. It’s a shame, but hopefully people will begin to see things from others perspectives someday soon and stop bashing on everything they disagree with. Hope everyone has a nice weekend.

  16. Randy Kitts

    May 16, 2020 at 5:33 am

    Rory needs to stick to golf,or be able to take the heat,cause he will lose a lot of fans.Run for political office if you think you can do better,oh wait, you aren’t even a citizen of this great country, yet you made your wealth here mostly. Keep your mouth shut and just stick to golf.Take your liberal European views and go back to Northern Ireland and try to straighten out the mess there.

    • Duke Arnie

      May 16, 2020 at 11:24 am

      Couldn’t have said it any better! Why do stars and sports figures think they must give their liberal views. No one cares, play golf and STHU.

      • gwelfgulfer

        May 16, 2020 at 2:58 pm

        And yet you feel that your opinion matters more? Get off the koolaid kids…

  17. Donnie Tinyhands

    May 16, 2020 at 1:36 am

    Rory is 100% right. I wish more Tour Pros had the balls to say it. Trump is inept. If he’d been President during WWII this would be written in German.

    • Mr. 1488

      May 16, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      Yes, thank God that our brave soldiers went to war and died for us so we can have 5498 genders, be debt slaves to the banking cartels, and have no sense of morals and values whatsoever. Go Cultural Marxism!

  18. Sg

    May 16, 2020 at 12:24 am

    And just like that people are happy P Reed won the Masters

  19. Fannomore

    May 15, 2020 at 10:12 pm


  20. netts

    May 15, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    lol! 100% agree with rory

  21. Bill J

    May 15, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    And now I like Rory even more.

  22. Tim

    May 15, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Well said Rory! As for people saying he should stick to golf – what an utter stupid comment. He pays taxes and has a right to voice his opinion which happens to be the truth lol

  23. [email protected]

    May 15, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    i guess posting pictures of golf clubs … doesnt get enough clicks…. rookie site

  24. [email protected]

    May 15, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    rory sold out to the media

  25. DB

    May 15, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Cringe. You’re not American, we couldn’t care less what you think and we didn’t ask. Pathetic that he would try to pander to our media like this.

    • Harry L Johnson

      May 15, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      Go back to old sod you stupid Mick. Your tour is bankrupt. Enjoy playing there But don’t dirty our door. Stealing real loot from a legitimate tour. Stay away couch bag.

      • Greg V

        May 15, 2020 at 7:21 pm

        you know, Democrats and Independents play golf too.

  26. BodineJCS

    May 15, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    My reaction is why the WRX editors are low enough to post this in a golf related website … I come here to get away from politics and could care less what golden boy that cant win the masters has to say about anything about covid 19 responses … The guy doesnt know squat about the subject but WRX gives him a platform to trash my president … Yeh WRX , I am offended

    • drkviol801

      May 15, 2020 at 9:45 pm

      Very well said

    • Tim

      May 16, 2020 at 4:43 am

      Trumplethinskin alert lol.

      Rory = Golf. I bet you had no issues reading about Paula Creamer having a vacation in her bikini. Suck it up buddy

  27. Alec

    May 15, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Of course, I totally support what Rory said, but I do wonder about whether this kind of news should be posted on a site like this. Frankly I’d prefer not to be reminded that there are so many low brow, low information, middle American bigots who also love golf as I do.

    • HT

      May 15, 2020 at 2:57 pm


      • The Dude-Dudeness

        May 16, 2020 at 7:08 pm

        If all you see is bigots, maybe your also one

    • Ron Paul

      May 15, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      Yeah, if only Conservatives could be as informed as Liberals via ignoring history and reason. Their ignorance of basic economics and monetary policy is another added bonus. Go Liberals!

    • Steven

      May 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      I hear you. Surprised by the number of people but, there just the loudest empty buckets and NOT the majority.

  28. TBCC

    May 15, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Maybe Rory should stick to commenting on the political mess in Northern Ireland rather than here in the USA before he loses his work visa!!

  29. Ernie's Taint

    May 15, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    What a spoiled little brat this guy is! Please go back to Ireland you little troll!

    • ht

      May 15, 2020 at 2:58 pm

      As someone who pays multitudes more in taxes to the united states than you do, perhaps he’s entitled to his opinion, just as you are.

    • ht

      May 15, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      dude pays taxes in the states. More than you do, guaranteed. He’s entitled to his opinion

      • M Rothbard

        May 15, 2020 at 8:17 pm

        Do you consider paying income tax a good thing?

  30. James

    May 15, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Rory, EaD or go back to Ireland. Mind YOFB.

  31. Steve

    May 15, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    All these guys need to stay out of politics, especially when they can’t vote. Rory is arrogant and now he’s really showing it. Thanks to the US Tour he’s made a ton of $ and can afford to have a place in the greatest country (USA) in the world.

  32. Sean Connery

    May 15, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Rory, listen to this song!

  33. Dan

    May 15, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Just looked up the data. In Northern Ireland 10.8% of cases have resulted in death. In the United States 5.9% of cases have resulted in death. Wonder how critical Rory has been of the leadership back in his home country? Bet I can guess!

    • BodineJCS

      May 15, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      Dont confuse readers with facts … it diminishes their TDS

  34. Anthony Kim

    May 15, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Well, when you’re stuck with a “Game Show” host as a President running the country like a failed 5 person real estate office, these are the conditions you’re left with! @ RFO, “Lap Dawgs!!” Love that one! I can see a few alleged conservatives sitting pretty on the ‘ol lap of our current King of the Individual States of America! Fox is in the house, we need more collars!!!

    • BodineJCS

      May 15, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      Sure beats the dementia man that assaults women that your obviously voting for … some morals you got there you hack …Trump 2020

      • gwelfgulfer

        May 16, 2020 at 3:02 pm

        You literally described who your voting for…

  35. Greg V

    May 15, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    I find Rory to be refreshingly candid. Agree with him or not, I like that in a person.

  36. RK

    May 15, 2020 at 12:10 pm


    • Tim

      May 15, 2020 at 6:03 pm

      Rory = Golf. You cant handle the truth? Stay away from this site

  37. Joe

    May 15, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Golf tournaments just got a lot tougher for Rory McIlroy.

    Some of the fans, when they are allowed to return, won’t be too kind and welcoming to McIlroy.


    He is neither a politician nor a leader, so how would he know anything about either subject?

    Obviously Gianni has a bit of TDS or he would have never given this story the five minutes of fame it is garnering.

    • Neil Cameron

      May 15, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      I am sure he watches the News,both USa and Uk

      Bound to have opinions

  38. Leo

    May 15, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Got to love it when foreigners come here, enjoy all that the good ol’ USA has to offer, make tons of money off the President’s greatest economy in history, and then have the gall to criticize him. He has every right to do so, but I have every right to suggest he go home.

    • gwelfgulfer

      May 16, 2020 at 3:42 pm

      Gotta love when the good ole US or A sticks their noses in the rest of the world… But the second you poke fun as the moron in chief, the true snowflakes scream bloody murder…

  39. Dan Fielding

    May 15, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Wow! Who would think a multi multi multi millionaire would be so blue pilled? LOL Just hit the ball with the stick Rory and quit forming opinions on subjects you know nothing about. Pandering to the fake virtuous SJW crowd is not going to go well for you.

  40. D

    May 15, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Isn’t interesting the Rory said nothing about who and what caused the problem to begin with, China. Chine is what brought this to our door step. Rory keeps his trap shut on China…because he gets a big check from Nike, child sweat shops, human rights violations to many to name. lets turn as a blind eye to that. Instead Rory from the comfort of his ocean front mansion, has a problem with how something is said.

    It wasn’t long ago that Rory would throw a tantrum because he hit a bad golf shot, throw a club in the water, stomp his feet. How fast he forgets. Just because you can hit a golf
    ball better then most does not mean we care one lick about your opinion.

    Not a fan.

    • Sandalley

      May 15, 2020 at 11:53 am

      America first! Also with Covid-19 death numbers.

  41. Neil Cameron

    May 15, 2020 at 11:31 am

    you would hardly expect a working class Irishman to be a Trump lover,Its typical Rory to say anything most would say “Im a golfer not a politician” give him 10 out of 10 for honesty as usual.
    Of course he might get some crap from the rest of the American pros who are 99% Republican

  42. Hugo

    May 15, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Rory really shouldn’t be commenting on something he knows nothing about. It’s funny (and sad) how all these personalities think they have some magical insight into everything. The average person on the street has more sense.

    • Vladimir

      May 15, 2020 at 11:38 am


      I want to personally thank you for being one of my useful idiots.

  43. BodineJCS

    May 15, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Well … Stick to golf Rory , your opinion is not accurate and foolish , your gonna hear about it at the next Ryder Cup full blast … Americans are gonna run you out of the states back to Ireland , bet on it

    • Valdimir

      May 15, 2020 at 11:39 am

      Bodine JCS – I want to personally thank you for being one of my useful idiots.

      • Vladamir's Dad

        May 15, 2020 at 12:05 pm


        First, try to learn how to spell your fake name first. Then, try to actually breath oxygen rather than living with your head in the same place that you defecate. Lastly, learn to think for yourself and not believe everything the media feeds you.

        I can tell the TDS is strong within you.

  44. stanley

    May 15, 2020 at 11:07 am

    it’s not bad to voice one’s opinion but it’s not a bad thing to learn a few things from guys like woods and jordan.

  45. Thomas A

    May 15, 2020 at 11:02 am

    All these same ‘stick to golf, go back to Norther Ireland’ comments are from the same people that clapped loudly when Tom Watson slammed Obama. Hey golf fans, stick to golf.

    • Harry L Johnson

      May 15, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      Go back to old sod you shit headed. Stay in Europe, and watch that tour fail. Mick.

  46. Dave r

    May 15, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Sports and politics are like water and oil. Stick to golf stories this is not a story it’s called garbage reporting. Who cares what Trump does or what Rory does it’s their life let them do what they want. And no I’m not a Trump hater or lover.

  47. Jon

    May 15, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Thank you for the click bait headline. Wow, that was quite the slam.

  48. juliette91

    May 15, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Well “stick to golf” means I guess don’t play golf with any political figures, don’t make any comments on anything controversial, don’t talk about anything other than golf. But that’s not possible in this world anymore.

    I get it that you 3 posters are trump supporters, do or die right or wrong, and that’s ok with me, but “go back to N. Ireland” sounds just like “love it or leave it” from the 60’s and that doesn’t allow anyone to have a voice other than be yes man to whoever is in power. When Obama was in power I’m guessing you wanted your voice heard in opposition.

    I know it’s pointless to even comment on these political matters with trump supporters, there is no dialogue whatsoever, it’s a visceral knee jerk automatic hate response. I just can’t let freedom of speech go unsupported.

    • Ken

      May 15, 2020 at 10:51 am

      I suspect that your an 18 handicapper that talks like a scratch golfer…I get it, your a player. Practice your stay-at-home policies but let me know your tee times and dinner reservations, I’ll gladly take your place.

      • Rfo

        May 15, 2020 at 11:45 am

        Typical Boomer Trump lap dog response there Ken

    • Tiger

      May 15, 2020 at 12:10 pm

      I would disagree.



    • Tank

      May 15, 2020 at 3:36 pm

      NOW YOU SAY freedom of speech….lol

  49. Ken

    May 15, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Sounds like you need to go back Northern Ireland and play the European Tour that you support.

  50. D

    May 15, 2020 at 10:01 am

    I used to be a fan. I will not be a fan any more.

  51. Perry

    May 15, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Stick to golf Rory.

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Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay to caddie at next week’s PGA Championship



Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay will return to looping duties at next week’s PGA Championship after a mix up meant that Max Homa’s caddie would be unavailable.

Speaking on the Get a Grip podcast, Homa explained that his regular caddie Joe Greiner wanted to attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Chambers Bay – believing that the event was the week of the Charles Schwab Challenge.

However, after realizing the event was in the middle of this year’s PGA Championship, it left Homa stuck, but Greiner quickly found him a decent replacement in the legendary Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay.

“I’m super, super fortunate. I’ve gotten to know Bones out at Whisper Rock in Arizona and he is truly one of the nicest, greatest people I’ve ever been around.” said Homa on teaming up with Mackay.

Mackay has recently worked for NBC and Golf Channel telecasts since his split with Phil Mickelson. However, he has also worked as a fill-in caddie for Justin Thomas, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Walker over the past couple of years.

Next week will be the first time Bones has teamed up with Homa, and it’s a prospect that the 30-year-old is relishing.

“I have the utmost respect for Joe’s caddying and I mean this is not a slight at all, so please believe me when I say that … but it’ll be really cool to be around someone like Bones,” said Homa. “Joe has learned his way into this. Not that Bones didn’t, but he’s been doing this forever.”


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Smylie Kaufman explains brutal 1-foot miss at Monday Qualifying



We’ve all heard stories about how cutthroat Monday qualifying is each week, but Kaufman’s tale is a real heartbreaker.

Kaufman missed out on a playoff by one stroke, and the crucial one stroke needed to make up the ground was a missed 1-foot putt.

The Alabama native took to Twitter on Tuesday explaining the missed 1-foot putt, which he put down to: “not realizing my ball accumulated so much water and sand” after a rain delay.

Golf fans were perplexed by the incident, with many not sure if Kaufman had failed to mark his ball, but it’s more likely that the putt was his second after the restart. Just brutal luck.

The 29-year-olds fall from grace has seen him drop to 1530 in the World Golf Ranking, having made just one cut worldwide since 2019.

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Rory McIlroy’s heart rate hit stunning high on 72nd hole at Wells Fargo



PGA Tour professionals are imperious at looking cool under pressure, but in reality, they aren’t immune to high moments of stress.

Thanks to Whoop’s partnership with the PGA Tour, now us mere mortals can all see exactly how the best are feeling.

The most stressful moment for Rory McIlroy at Quail Hollow last week came on the 72nd hole when he hooked his 3-wood off the tee dangerously close to the water.

Per Whoop Live, the Irishman’s BPM (Beats per Minute) spiked to 140 following the tee shot. It settled back to 115 as he addressed his approach to the green but once again rose dramatically following his putt to win, with his BPM hitting a remarkable 151.


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Whoop, the human performance company and 24/7 fitness tracker and health monitor, became the official fitness wearable of the PGA TOUR in January.

Part of this partnership includes Whoop Live, which throughout the season will highlight player biometric data and heart rate during defining moments with real-time metrics integrated into live broadcast and digital content.

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