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Rory McIlroy accused of 'error of judgment' after golf day with Donald Trump in Florida

By Claire Williamson

Rory McIlroy may have been out of golfing action due to an injury - but when the President calls, you make an exception.

The world number two is recovering from a rib stress fracture and hasn't swung a club since January 15 when he lost a play-off to Graeme Storm in the South African Open.

But on Saturday night he got the call to join Donald Trump at his Trump International golf course in south Florida.

And while he hadn't planned on playing again until the following weekend, he made the exception for the world's most powerful man.

According to the No Laying Up golf blog, the four-time Major winner rode in the cart for all 18 holes with the President. Speaking afterwards McIlroy said: "He probably shot around 80. He's actually a decent player for a guy in his 70s."

A picture of the foursome was posted on Twitter by ClearSports showing its chief executive Garry Singer alongside former New York Yankee Paul O'Neill, McIlroy and Trump.

However, the news has not gone down well with some fans.

Dermot Looney, an independent socialist councillor on South Dublin County Council, wrote: "I've no problem with @McIlroyRory choosing to stay out of Northern politics. But playing in his free time with Trump *IS* a political choice.

"I quite like Rory actually.

"But there was no need for this IMHO (in my humble opinion)."

Irish football commentator and broadcaster Nathan Murphy said he was "pretty shocked that Rory agreed to play with Trump".

Noting that Rory was injured, he added that the Co Down star "had a perfect excuse to dodge it".

"Massive error of judgment," he added.

This is not the first time McIlroy has met Mr Trump.

They had a memorable encounter in 2015 at the Cadillac Championship at the Blue Monster course at Trump National Doral in Miami.

However, the Holywood golfer flung his club into the water in frustration at how poorly he was playing.

Trump hired a diver to recover the club, and the tycoon later presented it back to McIlroy.

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