Rory McIlroy has released a statement explaining why he agreed to play a round of golf with American president Donald Trump.
The Northern Irishman recently took to the golf course with new American President Trump and copped a fair amount of criticism for it on social media.
In justifying his decision to tee it up with Trump, McIlroy posted the following statement on Twitter:
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) February 24, 2017
This comes after South African legend Ernie Els also played with Trump. Els was also forced to defend his actions.
“A lot of my own friends were not for him [Trump],” Els said.
“They kind of needled me a little bit, saying I was a suck-up. I just said, ‘Go eff yourself. I played with the president and you haven’t.’ You can’t please everybody.”
While Trump’s values might be questionable to many, Els said his golf was of a very high standard.
“President Trump is a golfer,” Els added.
“He swings the golf club properly, hits iron shots properly. He’s a proper golfer.”