Rory Mcilroy Surprised By Criticisms After Round With US President Donald Trump

"I think he was happier to talk golf than anything else that he has to do these days", McIlroy said, adding that he understood the criticism about being associated with Trump.

McIlroy joined Trump at the president's Trump International course in Florida last week, and said he did so because he felt it would be wrong to refuse the president's request.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy in action.

According to UK Press, the four-time major victor Mcilroy accepted an invitation from Trump to join him for 18 holes at the Trump International in Florida on February 19. "However long it is that it takes him to be healthy enough to get out here and play, even if he plays eight to 10 times a year, that's a bonus for all of us".

"He struggled with his body over the past couple years and it's unfortunate because it just won't allow him to do what he wants to do", McIlroy said per Myers.

"I'm probably in the lucky position that he's not going to ask me".

"I don't agree with everything he says but it is what it is".

But the 27-year-old feels he is back to full fitness after a frustrating spell on the sidelines. "Hopefully (the injury was) a blessing in disguise", McIlroy said. To do that he will need to win and Dustin Johnson, the No 1, will have to finish in a tie for third, or worse.

"It's been a really great group of guys that have won the last few weeks and it's been a little tough for me".

He ultimately chose to tweet a lengthy explanation that the round was not a "political statement", and again answered questions about it this week prior to his return to competition at the WGC-Mexico Championship. McIlroy insists a return to the top of the rankings is not a priority as he makes his comeback, but is excited to be back in the running.

"It's nice to have a chance and be in the conversation at least".

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