Rory McIlroy is only twenty-seven, but he’s already cemented himself as a golf legend.
Falling in line with greats like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, McIlroy is the only golfer to win three major championships all before his 25th birthday.
Last week, McIlroy was seen on the links with President Donald Trump. And he was hammered for it.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 25, 2017
— AndiNeglia ❌ #Standup4Brexit (@AndiNeglia) February 25, 2017
While many reactions were supportive, there were a lot of negative reactions, too.
— Liam McLoughlin (@ljpmcloughlin) February 25, 2017
This kind of shunning is actually important: A dishonest, authoritarian president must not be normalized https://t.co/SpF2B2gY8s
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) February 25, 2017
The criticism was enough for McIllroy to respond to his haters:
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) February 24, 2017
“I don’t agree with everything my friends or family say or do, but I still play golf with them. Last week, I was invited to play golf with the President of the United States. Whether you respect the person who holds that position or not, you respect the office that he holds.
This wasn’t an endorsement nor a political statement of any kind. It was, quite simply, a round of golf. Golf was our common ground, nothing else. I’ve traveled all over the world and have been fortunate enough to befriend people from many different countries, beliefs, and cultures.
To be called a fascist and a bigot by some people because I spent time in someone’s company is just ridiculous. I hope, to some degree, this clarifies my decision to accept the invitation that was extended to me. Thanks to everyone for your continued support and I look forward to making my comeback in Mexico next week.”
With such division in the U.S. right now, McIlroy’s message of not making everything about politics is just what Americans need to hear.